by Jerome a Paris
Wed Aug 4th, 2010 at 09:57:14 AM EST
Fire around Sarov poses no threat to nuclear security - Kiriyenko
MOSCOW, August 4 (Itar-Tass) -- There are no threats to nuclear safety in connection with the fire that is raging near the classified nuclear center Sarov. All explosive materials have been removed, the head of Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, said at an enlarged meeting of the Security Council devoted to fire safety at sensitive sites and facilities.
"All explosives and radioactive substances have been removed from there,” he said. “One can guarantee that even in extreme situations, such as a barrage of wind the strength of a natural disaster, there will be no threat to nuclear safety, or any risk of an explosion or environmental impact on the center."
Kiriyenko acknowledged that the country was faced with the risk of losing only expensive equipment and of stopping important work under the state contract, "which certainly must not be allowed.”
I think we should make sure that any wind farm built today has appropriate plans for the evacuation of explosive and radioactive substances, and that such plans are properly budgeted and included in the real cost of wind power. And of course, wind proponents will need to also include the cost of backup by other sources when plants are temporarily or permanently disabled by such events.
Reluctantly included in the wind power series