Nuclear watchdog: There’s an ‘urgent’ need for measures to prevent accident at Ukraine plant
A global nuclear watchdog said Tuesday that there is an “urgent” need for interim measures to prevent a nuclear accident related to shelling near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in a new report released on Tuesday, specifically called for an end to gunfire near the power plant and the establishment of a protection zone around it.
“Pending the end of the conflict and re-establishment of stable conditions there is an urgent need for interim measures to prevent a nuclear accident arising from physical damage caused by military means,” the IAEA report said.
“This can be achieved by the immediate establishment of a nuclear safety and security protection zone,” the agency continued.
The IAEA noted in the report that some damage had already been caused to parts of the plant, and that ongoing shelling could have worse consequences, including the “unlimited release of radioactive materials to the environment.”
Exposure to very high levels of radiation can cause skin burns, nausea, vomiting and sometimes death in the short term. In the long term, it can cause cancer and cardiovascular disease.