Global nuclear community calls for immediate IAEA access to Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant
Representatives of nuclear industry trade associations and professional societies have issued the following statement regarding the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine:
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should be granted immediate, unconditional, and unrestricted access to Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant to assess the well-being of staff there as well as the ongoing safety of the facilities. The IAEA mission should be guaranteed safe conduct across the military line of contact in southern Ukraine by both Ukraine and Russia.
We note that the Zaporizhzhya facility has robust reactor and plant designs, and that operating staff have done their utmost to maintain all safety protocols. We would like to draw the world’s attention to the outstanding courage and extraordinary dedication of our Ukrainian colleagues who have continued to discharge their duties in the most trying of circumstances. Their personal safety must be respected by all parties.
The Russian forces currently occupying the site must withdraw to allow the plant operating staff to fulfil their safety and security duties and to make decisions free of undue pressure, in line with the seven pillars of nuclear safety set out by the IAEA. It is unacceptable to use a nuclear power plant as a military base.
Ukrainian and Russian forces should also cease military activity in the vicinity of the plant and observe a 30km safe zone around the site.
We stand ready to give the IAEA and Ukraine the support necessary to ensure the safety of nuclear facilities and staff.
Notes to editors:
- This statement is issued jointly by the Canadian Nuclear Association, Nuclear Industry Association, Nucleareurope, Nuclear Energy Institute, World Nuclear Association, Nuclear Institute, Canadian Nuclear Society, American Nuclear Society and European Nuclear Society
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