Chernobyl Offline Could Cause New “Nuclear Discharge”

Chernobyl Offline Could Cause New “Nuclear Discharge”

Chernobyl Offline Could Cause New “Nuclear Discharge”

Chernobyl is offline right now. Which is hugely concerning. Why? Because even though the one reactor was shut down years ago due to that nuclear accident, the other three are still running. Or were until the Russians showed up.

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  • Andrew X says:

    Love your blog, repeatedly great work, but you’ve made a pretty major error here –

    Wikipedia –

    [Chernobyl Power plant]….officially the Vladimir Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, is a closed nuclear power plant located near the abandoned city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine…….

    Reactor No. 4 was the site of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, and the power plant is now within a large restricted area known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Both the zone and the former power plant are administered by the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management. The three other reactors remained operational after the accident but were eventually shut down by 2000, although the plant remains in the process of decommissioning as of 2021. Nuclear waste clean-up is scheduled for completion in 2065.[2]

    So there may be valid concern about the operational status of systems that are currently running to keep the site stable in its decommissioned/clean-up status, but the reactors of Chernobly have definitely been offline for two decades now.

  • AF JAG retired says:

    The Ukrainians may be over-hyping this a bit. The spent fuel from the reactors has had over 30 years to cool through radioactive decay. While it’s wise to keep the cooling ponds full of water, at this date the chance of a serious release of radioactivity into the environment seems pretty low.

  • American Human says:

    I agree with Mr. X above. The reactors are shut down and are being de-commissioned. The power they’re referring to is from off-site, i.e. the “grid”. The spent fuel is in pools and covered by water, yes, but the water needs to be recirculated to remove heat from the water which removed heat from the fuel. It would take a while, without circulation, for the water to evaporate due to the spent fuel heat.

    The IAEA is remotely monitoring the site and now they cannot. This does not mean that power has been lost. It simply means the IAEA cannot monitor temp and radiation etc.

    There’s no good reason for the Russians to cut off line power to the complex.

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