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On top of those melt downs at Fukushima there’s a big nuke emergency in Urkraine at one of the biggest nuke plants in the world. Not on US news, of course.
Dec. 3 Fox Crawl - Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant crippled by accident that shut down reactor
An incident at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been kept secret by the authorities for five days. It happened on 28 November 2014, forcing one reactor to be shut down.
Dec. 4 – Energoatom says, “Nothing to look at here folks! Move along!”
Dec. 22 – The People’s Voice – Ukraine a black hole of trouble. Running out of money.
” . . . Exhausting its foreign exchange reserves. Economic crisis conditions worsening. At a time Fort Russ reports 15 Ukrainian nuclear reactors dangerously close to power loss. Disastrous if happens.
Ukraine can’t pay its bills. It’s running out of coal. Civil war continues. Economic collapse looms.
About half the country’s coal mines aren’t operating. Miners walked out. Left to protect their families and homes.
From “Kiev regime assaults.” Supply roads were destroyed. Stability keeps deteriorating.
If “reactors lose power, and generators don’t operate…uncontrollable temperature rises, explosions, meltdowns and meltthroughs“ will follow, said Fort Russ.
Like Fukushima. Maybe worse. Given the number of troubled reactors. Erupting spent fuel pools spell disaster. . . “
Dec. 26 – TASS - Ukraine to repair two units of Zaporizhia NPP in February < has tech. details
Dec. 31 – TASS – Use of US nuclear fuel at Czech Republic’s Temelin NPP causes problems — experts
Europe advises its counterparts in other countries not to replace the nuclear fuel specifically designed for this type of reactors with unauthorized substitutes, the company ALTA said
” . . . Let us recall that one month ago, November 28, another emergency shutdown on Zaporozhye A-plant took place: it was power unit 3 with capacity of 1000 megawatt. “The unit was easily shifted into cold position. There were no radiological consequences”, — they said then at Energoatom.
That malfunction was the fourth emergency shutdown of power unit 3 at the most heavily loaded and exhausted A-plants of Ukraine. There are three power plants running in Ukraine now with 16 power units four of which are idle at the moment. . . “
” …. Strategy on creation of the centralized storage of the spent fuel. This fact defines necessity of estimation an storage opportunity of a new fuel after operation in reactor core;
The declared policy Euro integration. The process of licensing of new types of fuel
takes into account the recommendations IAEA, experience of the EC countries. For
an independent technical review the international organizations are involving.”
” . . . So far, the reactors were operating with fuel supplied by Russia’s Rosatom. But it seems that the clique of neo-Nazi and anti-Russian hysteria in power in Kiev has undertaken to replace the Russian fuel and to provide for Westinghouse (USA). One more sign, if necessary, submitting Ukrainian coup leaders to US interests.
But the transplant fuel supplied by Westinghouse on Russian design reactors seem to pose serious problems. It is reported more reactor stops (3 and 6) in recent days, and retirements grid. . . “
(west Ukraine cable tv conglomerate, started 2010) – Westinghouse springs into action with fake news repor
- Jan. 6 – See More Rocks blog - Mistake in reported radiation from Zaporozhia
Please Note: The Radiation Reported in “leaked documents” from Zaporozhye / Zaporizhia NPP is NOT “5 mSv/year”, but 5 µSv/hr !!! (RT mistranslation being spread widely) – that’s per HOUR(!)
SafeCast radiation map
Bellona (think tank in Norway) – Nuclear issues in ex-soviet republics
Romania monitors catch radiation spike –
– from ENE News comment
The nuke plant is in SE Ukraine at Vodyane, Zaporizhia. It is at 45.51 N Lat and 34.58 W Long. MORE INFO + MAP.
TWITTER news, photos – http://twitter.com/hashtag/zaporozhye
Duke Univ. – Fact Sheet: ZAPOROZHYE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT (ZNPP) IS THE LARGEST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN EUROPE
- white paper – The Zaporazhye ISFSI [PDF] outlines the plant’s relationship with Duke Univ.
“Minimal preexisting information was available to provide guidance to the designers on fuel or equipment adaptation.”
Technical documents from Uchebilka.ru on the upgrade work there – English (computer translation), original (Russian)
Russia & East European radiation reports at Not All Alledged is Apparent blog
Leuren Moret Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant
LINK – http://youtu.be/x5LBuVURAGE
More on Westinghouse fuel switch deal
“A U.S.-based [sic] energy company and Ukraine are on the verge of signing a deal that would lessen Russia’s influence and give the West greater leverage on the former Soviet republic.”
Dec. 31, 2014 - “Westinghouse and Energoatom have agreed “to significantly increase” nuclear fuel deliveries to Ukrainian nuclear power plants until 2020.
In a statement yesterday, Westinghouse said this increased cooperation will bring diversification and security of nuclear fuel supplies for Ukraine’s reactor fleet
US-based Westinghouse, which is majority-owned by Japan’s Toshiba, has been working in the Ukrainian market since 2003. Its fuel is operating at the South Ukraine nuclear power plant “without any defects in performance”, Westinghouse said in the same statement. . . . “
” . . . Structural defects with the fuel assemblies have been identified resulting in mechanical damage – and Westinghouse are now scrambling to put matters right despite having previously pooh-poohed the concerns I mentioned on 1st May 2010.
The question is whether Westinghouse will be given the opportunity to do so – and at what political cost to Washington given the origins of the deal – or given their cavalier attitude in 2010, whether they are rightly and justifiably to be kicked out of Ukraine. . . . “
[2010 was when pro-west cable ‘news’ outlet ZIK started]
They had a dust up with US sponsored Nazis in May – The Storming of Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant by Neo-Nazis
A comment on ENE-News – “US ambassador to Ukraine is former deputy chief of U.S. mission to IAEA”
Chris Busby talks about Ukraine NPP situation in this Alex Jones’ Show Interview [ at 1:23:14 mark ]
LINK – http://youtu.be/1AOF7fvEo48
World Nuclear News – Transformer fire at South Ukraine plant extinguished
- Jan. 19 – Hungary Today – Paks Power Plant: Leak In 2013 Did Not Reach Deviation Level
” . . . Chinese companies were looking for opportunities to sell nuclear fuel in Eastern Europe. . .”Russia had regained the market of nuclear fuel for water-cooled reactors after revelations at the Temelin Nuclear Power Plant (Czech Republic) and Loviisa Nuclear Power Plant (Finland). Diversification of fuel supplies in Ukraine started with a deal signed with American companies in 2000, during Leonid Kuchma’s presidency. As of 2007, the third block of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant had 6 American reactor fuel assemblies, less than 1% of all fuel at Ukrainian nuclear facilities. President Yushchenko sped the process up after President Bush’s visit. 42 American reactor fuel assemblies were installed at the third block.”
LINK – http://youtu.be/-CFIEj_xfaE
LINK – http://youtu.be/QC7hKH5bAfY
LINK – http://youtu.be/d9XRsXTnepM
Feb. 17 –
LINK – http://youtu.be/isDueo_O3oo
NOTE: Google News is blocking all news about Zaporozhye Power Plant after Jan. 2nd.
[ this post will get updated as more news comes in ]