IAEA: Chernobyl Nuclear Power Outage Has No Major Safety Impact

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a statement on March 9 stating that Ukraine has notified the IAEA of the news of the power outage at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. IAEA Director-General Grossi said the development went against critical security support for ensuring an uninterrupted power supply. However, the IAEA said that in this case, it did not believe there would be a significant impact on safety.

The IAEA noted on March 3 that staff who remained there had faced "psychological stress and mental exhaustion" since Russia took control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant two weeks ago, and Director General Grossi said they must be allowed to Take breaks and rotate so that work can be done safely and securely.

The IAEA said that long since the Chernobyl accident in 1986, the thermal load of the spent fuel storage pool and the amount of cooling water contained in the pool are sufficient to maintain effective heat dissipation in the absence of electricity.

Earlier on March 9, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba said on Twitter that the only electrical grid at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which supplies electricity to the plant and all its nuclear facilities, was damaged. As a result, nuclear power plants currently lose all power. "Backup diesel generators can power the Chernobyl nuclear power plant for 48 hours. After that, the cooling system of the spent nuclear fuel storage facility will stop, and radiation leakage is imminent," he said.