Friday, April 22, 2011

IAEA chief rejects parallels between Chernobyl and Fukushima

Kiev. .- The general director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Japanese Yukiya Amano, today rejected the parallels between the Chernobyl disaster, the most serious in the history of atomic energy, and occurred in Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima. Inaugurating an international conference in Kiev "25 Years of the Chernobyl disaster.

The security of the future," Amano said that the radioactive leak Fukushima represents only ten percent of which occurred in central Ukraine on April 26, 1986. "The radioactivity in Tokyo and Osaka is low and in other countries is minimal and poses no threat to human health," said IAEA director, who today visited the Chernobyl plant, situated 83 kilometers from Kiev.

Amano said that interest in nuclear energy has not diminished despite the accident, and it is clean energy that can help overcome climate change, local agencies reported. "The growing demand for energy resources and prices been fired, and nuclear energy will remain important for a number of countries, "he said.

Amano recalled that the ministerial conference of the IAEA to take place between 20 and 24 June in Vienna is proposed to qualify the accident in Fukushima. In addition, will also address measures to improve international response to emergencies at nuclear power plants. A safe nuclear power during his visit to Chernobyl, where he traveled by helicopter accompanied by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, head of the IAEA called for safe nuclear energy.

"Now we must first put an end to the story of the accident in Fukushima. Our goal, our task is to ensure and increase ecological safety" of nuclear energy, he said. At the same time, IAEA chief stressed that "all forms of clean energy is required to reduce the impact of harmful energy sources." "One thing is to hear and read about Chernobyl, and another, completely different, you see.

The accident in Fukushima and the Chernobyl disaster have sent us two important messages. We must draw lessons from these tragedies," he said. In turn, Yanukovych was now convinced that the money the day before the donor conference, € 550 million, is enough to build by 2015 a new sarcophagus over the damaged fourth reactor of the plant.

The Ukrainian leader urged the international community yesterday to 740 million euros for the deactivation of the Chernobyl plant was closed in 2000. The Ukraine's Chernobyl plant spread nearly a quarter century to 200 tons of fuse with a radioactivity of 50 million curies, equivalent to 500 atomic bombs of Hiroshima, which affected more than five million people.

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