Ukrainian nuclear reactors, could 'Fukushima on steroids' cast a pall over Europe? What's being done?

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Ukrainian nuclear reactors, could 'Fukushima on steroids' cast a pall over Europe? What's being done?

Ukrainian corruption casts nuclear pall over Europe

The problems facing Ukraine’s nuclear power industry are multi-faceted, but the main issue is the same one plaguing the whole of the former Soviet republic — corruption, which is breeding a lack of accountability and mismanagement of the sector’s critical infrastructure.

All this corruption has led to extremely dangerous decisions putting the safety of Ukrainians and people across Europe at great risk. For example, the life spans of two units of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, were extended, while seismic safety measures were ignored.
An inspection found that the emergency diesel generators, which are responsible for cooling the reactors in the event of a power loss, were virtually incapable of doing so. Failed standby generators were the cause of the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima plant.​

Came across this article and felt it an issue worthy of discussion. It's surprising that there isn't a lot more discussion of this crucial, and frankly scary issue. Or do some here feel there is already enough awareness? Among environmentally conscious European politicians at least? What needs to be done?

On a side note, how much awareness was there in 2011 of the potential for disaster in Fukushima, before disaster struck? What are the lessons to be learnt, and how do we apply those lessons in the Ukrainian case?
 
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Not even one biter?

Hmmm, interesting.
Ukraine has great natural beauty, great People

- and lousy politicians...:|

It is a worry all right

- but its unlikely to produce much effect here even if there was a meltdown

As a study of Chernobyl site has shown natural wildlife have a sanctuary there and are thriving

On an individual level radiation poisoning can be devastating

- but at mega population level short of Nuclear War survivable.
 

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The former USSR is littered with out of date nuclear reactors and dumped nuclear waste. The Arctic Ocean and Kara Sea are an imminent nuclear disaster, when the thousands of dumped containers and scuttled nuclear subs eventually leak.
 

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The former USSR is littered with out of date nuclear reactors and dumped nuclear waste. The Arctic Ocean and Kara Sea are an imminent nuclear disaster, when the thousands of dumped containers and scuttled nuclear subs eventually leak.
They can blame it on Global Warming....:cool:
 

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What we need here is a strong man from the East on horseback who can shut down reactors with judo and strong tea. Deniable IT skills desirable.
 
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The former USSR is littered with out of date nuclear reactors and dumped nuclear waste. The Arctic Ocean and Kara Sea are an imminent nuclear disaster, when the thousands of dumped containers and scuttled nuclear subs eventually leak.
I blame those damn Liberals.
 

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Just more human insanity. 6th extinction underway - hey! who won the Oscar?

Anyone know anything about the Ukraine's Eurovision song?

How about the poisoning of the Pacific Ocean and a 40% die out of plankton since the 1970s?

You'll never guess what this cat did next. Ah lovely.
 

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Ukrainian corruption casts nuclear pall over Europe

The problems facing Ukraine’s nuclear power industry are multi-faceted, but the main issue is the same one plaguing the whole of the former Soviet republic — corruption, which is breeding a lack of accountability and mismanagement of the sector’s critical infrastructure.

All this corruption has led to extremely dangerous decisions putting the safety of Ukrainians and people across Europe at great risk. For example, the life spans of two units of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, were extended, while seismic safety measures were ignored.
An inspection found that the emergency diesel generators, which are responsible for cooling the reactors in the event of a power loss, were virtually incapable of doing so. Failed standby generators were the cause of the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima plant.​


Came across this article and felt it an issue worthy of discussion. It's surprising that there isn't a lot more discussion of this crucial, and frankly scary issue. Or do some here feel there is already enough awareness? Among environmentally conscious European politicians at least? What needs to be done?

On a side note, how much awareness was there in 2011 of the potential for disaster in Fukushima, before disaster struck? What are the lessons to be learnt, and how do we apply those lessons in the Ukrainian case?
Judging by your past posting history I'd say you have zip interest in nuclear safety and more in denigrating Ukraine.
 

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Total deaths from Chernobyl : 50

Total deaths from Fukushima : 0

Annual deaths from coal power : 19000

More people died in Japan when Nuclear plants were shut down following Fukushima than in all nuclear accidents ever, combined.

Maybe a new nuclear accident will force people to put these risks in perspective.
 

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Judging by your past posting history I'd say you have zip interest in nuclear safety and more in denigrating Ukraine.
Judging from your lazy one-line reply, I'd say you have zip interest in nuclear safety.
 

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[video=youtube;VffZ2sSZ30M]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VffZ2sSZ30M[/video]


Living with the fallout of Chernobyl 30 years later: Harrowing photographs show children living 40 miles from site of world's worst nuclear disaster and 'still suffering radiation effects'


The specter of more birth defects and birth deformities should make everyone take the prospect of nuclear disaster most seriously.
A much bigger problem in Ukraine than radiation is the shocking amounts of another toxin parents willingly ingest - alcohol.
 

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High radiation levels at Fukushima reactor is bad, bad news
The fatal levels will keep officials from stabilizing the area as we approach the 6th anniversary of the nuclear plant's disaster.


With all of its wealth and resources, Japan is still struggling to solve Fukushima, years later. With all of its problems, how will Ukraine cope with nuclear disaster if it happens tomorrow?
They'd have more resources to give were it not for the Kremlin inspired rebellion in the East. But you know that already right? And you are trying to stir the pot. Let me guess your solution. Russia to take it over? That would suit the repressed homosexual thug in the Kremlin.
 

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They'd have more resources to give were it not for the Kremlin inspired rebellion in the East. But you know that already right? And you are trying to stir the pot. Let me guess your solution. Russia to take it over? That would suit the repressed homosexual thug in the Kremlin.
Do you agree or disagree that there is an increasing risk of nuclear disaster in Ukraine?

Ranting and sounding like a scratched record isn't going to solve anything.
 

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Do you agree or disagree that there is an increasing risk of nuclear disaster in Ukraine?

Ranting and sounding like a scratched record isn't going to solve anything.
Nor will posting alarmist, Adi Roche inspired, photos of children who couldn't possibly have been affected by Chernobyl.
 

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Nor will posting alarmist, Adi Roche inspired, photos of children who couldn't possibly have been affected by Chernobyl.
Why alarmist? What do you think is the cause of the birth defects? What are your specific criticisms of Adi Roche?
 
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Total deaths from Chernobyl : 50

Total deaths from Fukushima : 0

Annual deaths from coal power : 19000

More people died in Japan when Nuclear plants were shut down following Fukushima than in all nuclear accidents ever, combined.

Maybe a new nuclear accident will force people to put these risks in perspective.
Not yet.
 


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