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IAEA against potential threat label on Belarusian nuclear station


05.10.2012 19:51

MINSK, 5 October (BelTA) – It is incorrect to view the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant as a potential threat of territory pollution, Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Alexander Bychkov told media on 5 October.

Alexander Bychkov said: “If you treat the construction of the power plant like that, you should live a totally different life, you should stop using coal and other amenities”. He pointed out that according to the statistics collected during he operation of many modern stations their radioactive impact on the environment is, as a rule, less dangerous than the impact of coal-fired power plants. “It is a fact. By the way, radioactive impact on the personnel is lower than the impact during oil extraction. Therefore, it is not a good idea to view the construction of the nuclear power plant as a potential threat of territory pollution. It is incorrect,” stressed the IAEA Deputy Director General.

Alexander Bychkov reminded that two missions had visited Belarus already to examine nuclear power plant construction sites. The conclusions the two missions made are positive.

The IAEA Deputy Director General also pointed out that while working out recommendations concerning the construction of nuclear power plants, members of IAEA missions do not interfere in domestic tensions between the sides, which are in favor of and against the construction of the nuclear power plant. “We get quite many letters, however, I’d like to underline one important thing: we work only with government agencies of participating states”.

Alexander Bychkov remarked that the IAEA also works with participating countries for the sake of giving recommendations concerning the ways to explain advantages of nuclear power engineering to the population in layman’s terms and without conflicts. However, he underlined that this work is purely recommendatory. “It is not part of the 19 aspects the mission looks into. We examine legislative, engineering, and safety aspects. We don’t examine psychological aspects,” he concluded.
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