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Nuclear reactions are smoldering again at Chernobyl

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1 year 3 months ago #5730 by Radslug
www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/05/nuclear-...en-chernobyl-reactor

 Ukrainian scientists are scrambling to determine whether the reactions will wink out on their own—or require extraordinary interventions to avert another accident.Sensors are tracking a rising number of neutrons, a signal of fission, streaming from one inaccessible room, Anatolii Doroshenko of the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants (ISPNPP) in Kyiv, Ukraine, reported last week during discussions about dismantling the reactor. “There are many uncertainties,” says ISPNPP’s Maxim Saveliev. “But we can’t rule out the possibility of [an] accident.” The neutron counts are rising slowly, Saveliev says, suggesting managers still have a few years to figure out how to stifle the threat. Any remedy he and his colleagues come up with will be of keen interest to Japan, which is  coping with the aftermath of its own nuclear disaster  10 years ago at Fukushima, Hyatt notes. “It’s a similar magnitude of hazard.” 

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