IAEA Loses Contact With Safeguards Monitoring Systems at Chernobyl

The UN nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday that it lost contact with safety monitoring systems at the radioactive waste facilities at Chernobyl in Ukraine, which were captured by Russian troops last month.

“The Director General … indicated that remote data transmission from safeguards monitoring systems installed at the Chornobyl NPP had been lost,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.

“The Agency is looking into the status of safeguards monitoring systems in other locations in Ukraine and will provide further information soon.”

The IAEA uses safeguards to keep track of nuclear material in power plants.

Meanwhile, handling of nuclear material at the Chernobyl plant has been put on hold for the time being, according to the regulator.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi also called for the rotation of the current staff stationed at the plant, who has reportedly been on duty since the Russian military entered the site on Feb. 24.

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