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International Atomic Energy Agency finds no signs of mining at Zaporizhzhia NPP

International Atomic Energy Agency finds no signs of mining at Zaporizhzhia NPP

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts found no signs of mining at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) during recent inspections, according to the
IAEA Director General’s statement on the situation in Ukraine.

According to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, within the past days and weeks, the IAEA experts have been inspecting parts of the NPP, including some areas around the perimeter of the large cooling pond. The IAEA experts have not yet found any visible signs of mines or explosives anywhere on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, occupied by Russian forces since March 2022.

The IAEA experts have requested additional access to the rooftops of reactor units 3 and 4, as well as access to parts of the turbine halls and some parts of the cooling system at the plant, to confirm the absence of mines or explosives at the site, IAEA Director General Grossi said.

“With military tension and activities increasing in the region where this major nuclear power plant is located, our experts must be able to verify the facts on the ground. Their independent and objective reporting would help clarify the current situation at the site, which is crucial at a time like this with unconfirmed allegations and counter allegations,” Director General Grossi said.

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The IAEA is aware of reports that mines and other explosives have been placed in and around the Zaporizhzhia NPP, according to the IAEA Director General’s statement. Director General Grossi stressed the importance of the IAEA team checking all parts of the Zaporizhzhia NPP “for protecting Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.”

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