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Chernobyl: expert, radiation risk would not be imminent

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Ukraine, Salvini:

BELGRADE – In Chernobyl “there are over 2,000 tons of spent fuel in four cooling tanks, but they are now sufficiently cooled” and a radiation leak should not be imminent at the moment. The international analyst of energy and nuclear policy, Mycle Schneider, explains to ANSA.
Schneider answered a question about the risks of radiation release from the site, also taking into account that the spent fuel rods kept in the former plant are expected to be 22 years old by now. “In the event of a total interruption of the” electrical power “used to circulate the water, it would probably take several weeks before it evaporates to the point of exposing the fuel to air. Exact estimates would require precise data on the current thermal load at the time. inside each tank “, continues Schneider. However, the countdown “could begin rather quickly as diesel stocks available at the site reportedly do not exceed 48 hours of consumption of emergency diesel generators,” notes the expert.

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Source: Ansa

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