Forest fire threatens Russian nuclear sites

RUSSIA: Novovoronezh Nuclear Plant Not Affected by Forest Fires

Source: Interfax News Agency, 28 July 2001

Moscow — The Novovoronezh nuclear power station is functioning as usual without any changes in its production cycle despite a forest fire raging nearby. The fire that started three kilometers outside the station was extinguished within an hour. Nobody was hurt. During the fire the fifth power unit was shut down to prevent an emergency. Now it is operating again, spokesman for the regional civil defense committee Valery Popov said on Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday. The seat of the fire that covered about 23 hectares of woods was near the burial of radioactive wastes from the station. The radiation control service says background radiation at the station and around it does not exceed permitted levels.


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