FLASHBACK - Safety concerns over Ukraine’s switch to US nuclear fuel played down — official | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

FLASHBACK - Safety concerns over Ukraine’s switch to US nuclear fuel played down — official

Mikhail Gashev, the first deputy chairman of the Ukrainian State Inspection of Nuclear Regulations, said last week that he signed three fundamental documents regarding supplies of upgraded nuclear fuel TBC-WR from US company Westinghouse.

According to Gashev “the fuel will be delivered to the South-Ukrainian NPP in December and uploaded into the third power unit of the plant in late December or early January.”

Sergei Kondratyev, a senior expert with the Russian Institute for Energy and Finance, voiced concern last week over the sharp switch from Russian-to US-produced nuclear fuel as it could pose a threat to the safety of Ukrainian nuclear power plants, which were built in the Soviet Union era.

In an interview with ITAR-TASS Kondratyev said that Ukraine’s decision to switch to the US-produced upgraded nuclear fuel did not take into account technical characteristics and peculiarities of the Soviet-built NPPs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This might explain why the recent accident to Ukraine's nuclear power station has not received much attention in the US corporate media.

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