Chernobyl disconnected from power grid by Russia with no way to restore it


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What threatens the de-energization of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explanation from Energoatom

▪️About 20,000 spent fuel assemblies are stored at the Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility-1. They need constant cooling. This is only possible if there is a power supply;

▪️If it is not, then the pumps will not produce cooling. As a result, the temperature in the spent fuel pools will increase, soaring and the release of radioactive substances into the environment will occur;

▪️ By wind, a radioactive cloud can be transferred to other regions of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Europe;

▪️Ventilation at the facility will also not work. All personnel stationed there will receive a dangerous dose of radiation;

▪️The fire extinguishing system also does not work, and this is a huge risk in case of a fire that can occur due to a projectile hit;

▪️Currently, hostilities continue, which makes it impossible to carry out repair work and resume power supply;

▪️De-energized and the city of Slavutych.

P. S. TyphosTheD wrote a clarification and i'm attaching it to this comment

Just in case this reads as a doomsday issue, a few points to clarify.

While active cooling in the fuel pools may have ceased, it has been actively cooling for decades, and to get to the point that the fuel pools would heat up to such a degree to boil would take a very long time at this point, likely far longer than this conflict will last.

Lack of ventilation is an issue, but without a force pushing the radioactive material out of the containment and the sarcophagus, any material that escapes will be extremely minimal - barring the entire sarcophagus collapsing in on itself via shelling or whatever.

Fire suppression and repair work is definitely at risk, but again, only if an emergency happens - of course, if any emergency happened it would be serious, regardless of active power.

This is a bad situation, but not as doomsday as the article suggests:

Source: am married to a nuclear health physicist who read and critiqued the article for me and studied Chernobyl for three years.

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