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Scientists assess the level of threat in the case of an attack at ZNPP

Jul 9, 2023

Experts from the American Nuclear Society (ANS) have thoroughly analyzed the "worst-case scenarios" that could occur at Zaporizhzhia NPP. They noted that none of them poses a radiation threat to the public.


This is reported by the official Telegram channel of Energoatom of Ukraine.

Thus, the experts analyzed possible scenarios: the bombing of the plant, the deliberate explosion of reactors, and spent fuel storage containers.

The ANS researchers believe that none of the "worst-case scenarios" will lead to a radiation hazard to the public.

They explained that this is due to several factors. In particular, six ZNPP reactors were shut down more than 10 months ago and do not produce enough heat to cause a rapid radiation release.

In addition, Zaporizhzhia NPP is designed to withstand natural and man-made hazards - a thick steel-reinforced concrete shell reliably protects the reactor cores from external influences.

This means that any potential release of radioactive materials will be limited to the immediate area surrounding the reactors. Therefore, comparing ZNPP to Chornobyl or Fukushima is "inaccurate" and "misleading".

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 09/07/2023

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