According to Greenpeace Germany and Ukrainian scientists operating in Chernobyl, it would appear that the radiation levels around the former nuclear power plant are at least three times higher than IAEA estimates. Greenpeace explained: "Last April, the IAEA had provided very limited data, ensuring that radiation levels were normal.
The IAEA's role in nuclear safety in Ukraine is severely compromised by its links with the nuclear company. Russian state Rosatom, also in consideration of the fact that the current deputy director of the IAEA, Mikhail Chudakov, has long been a Rosatom official.
Inside the abandoned Russian trenches, we measured levels of gamma radiation found in the presence of low-level nuclear waste. It is clear that the Russian military operated in a highly radioactive environment, but that is not what the IAEA is trying to communicate."
Chernobyl radiation three times higher than IAEA estimates
Shaun Burnie, nuclear expert at Greenpeace Germany, said: "Understanding the complexity of the effects of Chernobyl radiation is crucial and can only be done through international scientific cooperation, jeopardized by Russia's war against Ukraine.
Scientists' safety. and radiation workers at the plant are now threatened by an untold number of Russian mines and anti-personnel explosives.This is yet another outrageous legacy of the war unleashed by Russia and is a crime against the environment and against science.
" Jan Vande Putte, radiation protection expert at Greenpeace Belgium, added: "We can only conclude that, for some reason, the IAEA has decided not to investigate thoroughly. It is clear from our investigation that there is nothing normal in the levels of radiation within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, despite what the IAEA would have the world believe.
" Greenpeace said due to Russian military actions in the country, severe damage was done to laboratories, databases and radiation monitoring systems. The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on the night of April 26, 1986 at 1:23:58 UTC + 4 in reactor No.
4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. It is the most serious accident in the history of nuclear energy and the only one, together with that of Fukushima in 2011, to be classified at the seventh level, the highest, of the INES catastrophic scale.