Is Ukraine Hiding A Huge Radiation Leak At The Largest Nuclear Power Plant In Europe?

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Two days ago we reported of the odd coincidence of a 2nd emergency shutdown at Ukraine's Zaporozhye Nuclear reactor - Europe's largest nuclear power plant - following our earlier fears of disinformation. Today, we get information of a leaked report sourced from three different place - unconfirmed for now (but RT is trying to verify) - that Ukrainian nuclear scioentists misled the public and a radioactive leak has been detected - citing the country’s emergency services claiming that levels of radiation are 16.3 times the legally permitted norm.

As RT reports,

A radioactive leak has been detected at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe, a media report says, citing the country’s emergency services. The report claims that levels of radiation are 16 times the legally permitted norm.


LifeNews published a leaked report by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, which denies an earlier assessment by the plant’s authorities that the radiation at the facility is equal to the natural background following an incident on Sunday.


RT is trying to verify the report.


On Sunday, one reactor at the plant was automatically shut down after a glitch, becoming the second halt in operations in recent weeks. The reactor was running at 40 percent of nominal power, the plant's official website said, adding that radiation at the facility being at the level of 8-12 microroentgens an hour.


The error was later announced to have been corrected, and the troubled unit – Power Block # 6 – was plugged back into the network.


On November 28, Zaporizhia's Unit 3 was switched off for almost a week. The shutdown, which was reportedly caused by a short circuit, was made public five days later, when Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk revealed it during the first meeting of his new Cabinet.

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Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is one of the four nuclear power plants in the country, which together supply a large part of Ukraine's energy needs. The Zaporizhia plant alone, Europe's largest, supplies at least one-fifth of the country’s power needs. It is the world’s fifth-largest nuclear power plant.


As LifeNews reports,

Ukrainian nuclear scientists misinformed the public and the media about the real state of affairs in the Zaporizhzhya NPP. The Internet got a summary of the State Service for Emergency Situations of the 28 and 29 December, which refute the assurances leadership Zaporizhzhya that the sixth unit was put into operation in the evening on 28 December. In addition, the permissible level of radiation at the plant, according to the measurements, was above the norm by 16 times.

Both documents addressed to the Chief of State GSCHS Ukraine in Zaporozhye region - Major General Civil Protection Lepsky. In summary for December 28, reported that at six o'clock in the Zaporizhzhya NPP due to damage to the transformer emergency generator protection system worked 6th unit.

- At 6 am on December 28 at the Zaporozhye NPP operates five units (1,2,3,4,5) ... The total capacity of 4278 MW nuclear power plant radiation background - 4.90 mSv / year., SVYAP - 4.76 mSv / year . - 16.3 times higher than the acceptable norm - said in a bulletin.

Recall that the press service of the Zaporizhzhya NPP and representatives of "Energoatom" in the afternoon on December 28 reported an emergency situation, noting that the background radiation in a sanitary zone around the plant remains normal. After that, the head of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine Dmytro Demchishin stated that repair of power will take a few days.

However, on the evening of December 28 the press service of Zaporizhzhya reported the completion of repair work and emergency unit is connected to the grid.

- December 28 2014 in 22 hours 35 minutes unit number 6 Zaporizhzhya after the fault is connected to the network. Being a set of power ... - said in a statement on the official website of the plant. There's also noted that the background radiation in the vicinity of the station corresponds to the natural.

However GSCHS summary for December 29, completely refuted this statement nuclear scientists. The document says that by 6 am Monday emergency sixth unit is not connected, the total capacity remained at the level of the previous day, and the radiation level in the vicinity of nuclear power plants and the storage of radioactive materials (SVYAP) increased.

- At 6 am on December 29 at the Zaporizhzhya NPP in five units (1,2,3,4,5) ... At 6 am on December 28 sixth unit is disconnected from the unified energy system ... The total capacity of 4278 MW nuclear power plant radiation background - 5.05 mSv / yr., SVYAP - 4.91 mSv / year. - Exceeding 16.8 times - said GSCHS Ukraine.

Recall first of background radiation above the threshold of 14 times in the area of ??Zaporozhye NPP evening of December 28 said the deputy chairman of the People's Council DNI Dennis Pushilin. He explained leak Ukrainian nuclear scientists attempt to install power rod blocks produced by the American company Westinghouse.

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As we concluded previously,

Of course, there is no way to actually know what is happening on the ground as the NPP is located close enough to the "fog of war", that its status, and updates thereof, could merely be part of the fog of war. That said, if there is an unspoken message here by Ukraine, which recently handed over its gold to unknown "Western" interests, and suddenly feels neglected by its western allies (as its central bank head is about to find out personally), it is targeted directly at the IMF: "hand over more loans, or the nuclear power plant gets it."

However, this appears more serious than simple false flags.

Curiously, all this takes place at a peculiar time: just as Ukraine announces it is replacing its nuclear fuel supplier from Russia to US conglomerate Westinghouse:

Ukraine on Tuesday sealed an additional nuclear fuel supply deal with US giant Westinghouse in order to ease its energy dependence on Russia. 


Westinghouse Electric Company said it signed a deal in Brussels with Ukraine's Energoatom state nuclear power provider "to significantly increase fuel deliveries to Ukrainian nuclear power plants through 2020."


No figures were immediately available for the value of a deal which Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had said would take place. 


Nor were there details on the quantities of fuel or number of reactors involved.  The two sides had earlier this year extended their existing cooperation agreement through 2020.


A top Energoatom official said this month that Kiev would like to purchase additional Westinghouse nuclear fuel for 13 of its reactors.


US-based Westinghouse currently supplies fuel for only one of Ukraine's 15 operating units -- the third reactor of the South Ukranian Nuclear Power Plant that is located 300 kilometres (185 miles) south of Kiev.


Ukranian media said Energoatom and the US firm had been cooperating on nuclear fuel supplies since 2000.


The former Soviet republic had previously relied on Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL.

And, most coincidentally of all, just as the news was developing, the Russian Ministrey of Foreign Affairs tweets this:

Just one too many coincidences in a row?

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Metalredneck's picture

No need to invade now...

Newsboy's picture

It's a defensive maneuver, a "poison pill" on the border of disputed territory.

Masterful, but now they get to keep it... oops

Sudden Debt's picture

Well, back in the day there was a little problem with a plant called Tjernobyl and well... the number of people who bacterial invections dropped BIGTIME! So it's actually a good germ killer. THE FLUE DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE!!!


Manthong's picture

Gee, what would make anyone think that Amerikan-backed Ukrainian Nazi’s would not be entirely forthcoming when things get serious.

 What did Cameron’s best EU bud, Juncker, say about serious situations?


Paveway IV's picture

" the NPP is located close enough to the "fog of war", that its status, and updates thereof, could merely be part of the fog of war..."

No, no and no again. The plant and its city of workers - Enerhodar - is a good hundred miles from the nearest areas of conflict in Donbass. There is no 'fog of war' at the plant or among the thousands of resident workers there and the rest of Ukraine. There's some drama between the junta, nuclear regulators and Westinghouse, but nothing related to the separatist conflict much further to the east in Donbass. Zaporozhya city proper is miles away to the north-east on the other side of the reservior. They're unloading U.S. Air Force transports at the airport there for god's sakes - nobody is shelling anything. 

Enerhodar is a secure nuclear city in the Kiev-controlled part of central Ukraine. In fact, the only trouble remotely related to the conflict was a few months back when a couple dozen armed Pravy Sector thugs (who currently run Kiev's Interior Police) showed up in Enerhodar for a separatist protester beat-down. Enerhodar cops arrested them and wouldn't let them near the plant. 

If anyting unusual or dangerous is going on at the Zaporizhzhya NPP then it's the usual criminal secrecy of the nuclear industry, slimy politicians or paid-off regulators.  

There IS the criminally-insane Jewish-Ukrainian oligarch and plant owner Kolomoisky that wanted to dynamite the dam above the plant a few months back, but that's really a mental health issue, not a civil war issue.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Global network of radiation detectors:

Nothing in Ukraine yet.

I MISS KUDLOW's picture

"The earth going to be here its not going anywhere, the oceans and land etc, the only question is will humans still be here" George Carlin

Headbanger's picture

But is no payment needed for free radiation therapy comrades!

What is to worry so much?

Amerikanski is always worry think life is to be perfect.

Radiation help keep house is warm, no?



Headbanger's picture


Is nothing next to Tsar Bomb detonate on big Amerikanski city:

Then cry all you mooksi want!!

knukles's picture

16.5x normal?  So it's less than Fuckushittinme's radiation on the West Coast, no?


Say, BTW, what with that reactor being shut, one of the world's largest, supplying power to "The" Ukraine, what will they be using for alternative sources of power?

Rooski Natural Gas, no?

Shit!  It all comes back to those pesky gas pipelines!

cossack55's picture

No shit.  They have some serious catching up to do.  Some of Fukus emmissions are above the 500,000x normal background.  But hey, who cares.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Even conventional warfare is out of the question, because the landscape is littered with this gigantic dirty bombs.

Just target your opponents nuke plants and ---

Game over.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Radioactive Xenon is a powerful inducer of lung cancer.  It always seems to leak out of accidents....

Ying-Yang's picture

Holy Ukrainshima!

Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is one of the four nuclear power plants in the country, which together supply a large part of Ukraine's energy needs. The Zaporozhye plant alone, Europe's largest, supplies at least one-fifth of the country’s power needs. It is the world’s fifth-largest nuclear power plant.

BuddyEffed's picture

With Chernobyl and this plant, let's just start calling the whole place Ukranium.

omniversling's picture

Enter JT:

"Time to grab guns and kill damn Russians"…"They must be killed with nuclear weapons."... "not even scorched earth won't remain where Russia stands" - Yulia Tymoshenko

BaBaBouy's picture

Folks, Our Evidence Points To Putin As The Cause...

Max Steel's picture

Ukraine’s switch to the use of upgraded nuclear fuel from the United States at its nuclear power plants built in the Soviet times could threaten safety both at the domestic level and in Europe as well,  It seems that the Chernobyl tragedy did not teach Kiev authorities any lessons concerning a scientifically feasible approach to the [peaceful] use of nuclear energy,

boogerbently's picture

The CIA....or....FBI.....or.....NSA.....says

North Korea, or Russia, or GOP....

ebworthen's picture

The Ukrainian's probably aren't as good as the Japanese at saying "Do not worry" and having it believed; and if there is a leak it is close enough to Russia and the rest of Europe that they won't be able to hide it for long.

Vylahkinnen's picture

Yeah, I noticed I am growing a third ball down there. Maybe I should go see the doctor? On the other hand I might join the three-titted ladies in the upcoming mutant section of my local town. As long as we are not send off to Mars - fuckit.

Sudden Debt's picture

HAHAHAHAHAHA like that will stop Obama from sending American troops anyway :)

But jokes asside... WE NEED A ICEWALL!!! PRONTO!!!

Ying-Yang's picture

Kudos to "ice wall" Game of Thrones reference.

G.O.T. where kings and leaders get poisoned, heads chopped off or shot with an arrow while on the shitter! All ours get is Corzined.


When something of value is stolen, and everyone who was in charge of safeguarding the valuable claims ignorance of just about anything. People in charge who confronted with questions about the valuable items usually answer, "I just dont know where it is" or claim that the valuables were "vaporized" when it was their job to know. This comes from the MF Global scandal, and their CEO Jon Corzine, who stole 1.6 billion dollars of client money testified that he didn't know where the money was or where it went. Several other financial officers of the firm also claim total ignorance of everything and claim the money was "vaporized". Apparently claiming total ignorance of everything also clears you of all criminal charges as well.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Maybe we can bring the crack team from Fukashima to Ukraine where they can build "ice walls".  "Ice walls" solve everything.

ptoemmes's picture

Yeah - the playbook for handling this was perfectured (I couldn't help myself) at Fukashima.  Lie, adjust safe level standards, lie some more, adjust some more....on land in eastern europe might get a bit more attention/panio though.  Different culture(s) in play.

Isotope's picture

We irradiated some folks.

remain calm's picture

CBLI is micro cap American biotech comp that has the only antidote for radiation toxicity. It essentially 3 months from FDA approval. Full disclosure I own it. Take a look. Why not make some cha ching from a crisis? Why do you own gold? Exactly!

Frozen's picture

Close, this is a job for PRs finest, the cleanup crews at tepco, See-BS, and Faux to tell us that it's probably just background anyway.

Bastiat's picture

Maybe we can stick Nuland in there and turn her every 20 minutes. 

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Maybe we can stick Nuland in there and turn her every 20 minutes.

Add Susan Rice, Samantha Power, and Hillary along with Ms. Nudelman and you could call it an E-Z-Bake Coven.

knukles's picture

E-Z Bake Coven

In the running for "Best Comment of 2014"

Hey Tyler, now there's an idea for a New Year's Open Thread!

czarangelus's picture

Old map of Ukraine inexplicably has Crimea has part of Ukraine despite acceding to the RF earlier this year, and also fails to note the contested regions in the east.

JustObserving's picture

Any country that the Nobel Prize Winner touches becomes a failed state.  Look at the 7 Muslim countries he has bombed - Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia. Ukraine is learning the hard way.

Jack Burton's picture

Obama is satan. Clinton or Bush in 2016 will be satan on steroids!

Debugas's picture

Obama is the last president of USA


pods's picture

Can't forget Kenya and the US either.


Winston Churchill's picture

No fears, Tepco is on the way.

Oh wait...

Dr. Engali's picture

Even if they weren't hiding anything we would never know about it. Where is FuckYouShima again?

The Duke of New York A No.1's picture

The invisible weapon - Nuclear Pollution/Radiation.

fuu's picture

"I'm turning Ukrainian" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Sudden Debt's picture

16 times the legally permitted norm!!!!!


my god... it's almost as bad as on Elis Island...

buzzsaw99's picture

yeah, the glowy stuff on my timex is higher than that

Sudden Debt's picture

and it doubles as a birth conception! Just check out the demographic charts and compaire it to when Timex watches where first sold!

General Decline's picture

When I sleep with my Sig, I make sure I keep the Tritium sights turned away from my face.  Just to be sure...

asierguti's picture

From RT, May 2014.


The rivalry for nuclear fuel supply to Ukraine between Russia’s nuclear fuel cycle company TVEL and America’s Westinghouse took a twist when in April 2014, shortly after the armed coup, Kiev signed a new deal with America’s leading nuclear fuel producer, Westinghouse Electric Company, instead of the Russian TVEL company that has been supplying fuel rods to Ukraine for years




Though nuclear engineers were skeptical of the pilot probe, the government of former president Viktor Yushchenko signed a deal in 2008 with Westinghouse on fuel rod supply, despite the fact that American nuclear fuel is significantly more expensive and technologically different: Russian nuclear fuel rods are hexagonal in section, while Americans produce fuel assemblies of square section.




When in 2012 the time came to replace the fuel assemblies, Ukrainian nuclear engineers found that Westinghouse assemblies deformed during exploitation and got stuck in the core.


But, american corporations can make money. It's all that matters, apparently.