“Totally degraded safety and working conditions” in Zaporijia, according to nuclear physicist Emmanuelle Galichet

Located on the banks of the Dnieper River some sixty kilometers from the city from which it takes its name, the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporijia has worried the international community since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24. This nuclear site, the largest in Europe with six reactors of 1,000 megawatts each and capable of supplying electricity to nearly four million homes, is at the heart of the fighting. Fallen into the Russian hands on March 3, the plant remains regularly the target of bombardments. A mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) came to inspect the safety of the site arrived Wednesday, August 31 in Zaporijia.

In an interview with L’Usine Nouvelle, the teacher-researcher in nuclear physics at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Cnam) Emmanuelle Galichet recalls the urgency of restoring order around the site and insists on working conditions difficult for operators.

L’Usine Nouvelle: A group of thirteen experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are currently on their way to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. What to expect from this international inspection?

Emmanuelle Galichet: Let the fighting stop, to begin with. This is the condition for the arrival of IAEA inspectors. This visit is important. It will be the first time since the beginning of the conflict that we will have a transparent and totally independent opinion on the state of this plant and its safety systems.

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