Nuclear issues, Nuclear Russia Stoppage at Russian nuclear plant causes jitters Russian officials earlier this week shut off a block of the Beloyarsk nuclear power station after picking up a “false” response from the facility’s safety system, according to Rosenergoatom, the utility branch of Rosatom, the state nuclear corporation.

‘Lootin’ Putin”💩 has decided NOT to share ANY information on ANY of their recent nuclear accidents – JUST LIKE DURING CHERNOBYL!! It HAS to be a really bad situation over there and it’s likely we are all being dosed with enormous quantities of Radiation. Put a fresh battery in your Geiger and turn it on – AND LEAVE IT ON!! 

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Bn800 01At Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant on the day of the BN-800’s launch. (Source: Sergei Ten / vk.com/belnpp)

Russian officials earlier this week shut off a block of the Beloyarsk nuclear power station after picking up a “false” response from the facility’s safety system, according to Rosenergoatom, the utility branch of Rosatom, the state nuclear corporation.

The early morning stoppage affecting the plant’s number 4 reactor which is the BN-800 fast reactor that Rosatom brought online in 2016.

“The stoppage was carried out under a routine algorithm,” Rosenergoatom said in a statement, adding that there was nothing unusual about the radiation levels surrounding the plant, which houses another fast rector, called the BN-600, as well as two AMB series reactors that have been shut down.

The stoppage comes amid heightened concerns about Russian nuclear facilities following a deadly explosion at an Arkhangelsk area rocket testing facility, which caused local radiation levels to spike briefly. Moscow has yet to offer a complete explanation of those August 8thevents, which involved what Rosatom has described as an “isotope power source.”

Medical officials Arkhangelsk the area told the media they had treated patients exposed to radioactivity, and authorities ordered an evacuation that was later called off for reasons they would not clarify.

Beloyarsk’s number 4 reactor is a powerful sodium-cooled fast-breeder unit and its operation marks a step by Russia toward developing a closed nuclear fuel cycle – a subject of concern to some environmentalists and nonproliferation experts.

It has been billed in the Russian media as being capable of using waste from traditional nuclear reactors, thus reducing the amount of radioactive waste that needs to be stored in permanently sealed repositories. Some have also speculated that it could be capable of burning surplus Soviet weapons grade plutonium, though Rosatom has yet to endorse it for that purpose.

https://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2019-08-stoppage-at-russian-nuclear-plant-causes-jitters