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Ukraine: Radiation leak feared at Ukraine's largest nuclear plant00:54

Ukraine: Radiation leak feared at Ukraine's largest nuclear plant

Ukraine, Zaporozhye Atomic Power Station, Ukraine
December 31, 2014 at 11:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

People gathered outside Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, Wednseday, despite a radioactive leak feared to have occurred on Sunday.

According to a leaked document of the Ukraine State Service for Emergency Situations, the permissible level of radiation at the plant exceeds the norm by 16 times. According to preliminary reports, one of the reactors at the Zaporozhye plant automatically shut down after a glitch. Workers at the plant were reportedly trying to replace Russian fuel rods with US ones when the leak occurred.

Zaporozhye is the largest nuclear energy facility in Ukraine and Europe, with an installed capacity of 6,000 MW: the plant operates six power units of 1,000 MW each. In recent years, the station produces about 50 percent of the electricity produced by nuclear power plants in Ukraine and more than 22 percent of the total electricity output of the country.

Ukraine: Radiation leak feared at Ukraine's largest nuclear plant00:54
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People gathered outside Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, Wednseday, despite a radioactive leak feared to have occurred on Sunday.

According to a leaked document of the Ukraine State Service for Emergency Situations, the permissible level of radiation at the plant exceeds the norm by 16 times. According to preliminary reports, one of the reactors at the Zaporozhye plant automatically shut down after a glitch. Workers at the plant were reportedly trying to replace Russian fuel rods with US ones when the leak occurred.

Zaporozhye is the largest nuclear energy facility in Ukraine and Europe, with an installed capacity of 6,000 MW: the plant operates six power units of 1,000 MW each. In recent years, the station produces about 50 percent of the electricity produced by nuclear power plants in Ukraine and more than 22 percent of the total electricity output of the country.

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