Incidents and work violations at Russia nuclear power plants spike for August, oversight agency says

Publish date: September 14, 2008

The Russian Federal Service for Ecological, Technical and Atomic Supervision, which oversees Russia’s nuclear industry, reported that a record number of eight abnormal incidents and violations in the operation of Russia’s nuclear reactors for the month of August alone.

The figure represents the highest number of aberrant incidents all year. The average figure reported by the agency is usually between three and five per month.

Incidents occurred at six out of Russia’s 10 nuclear power plants, including the Novovoronezh, Kursk, Kalinin, Leniningrad, Kola and Balakova nuclear power plants.

The oversight agency, however, was quick to point out in a statement that “radiation conditions in the regions of the nuclear power stations remains normal.”