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The Times of London has obtained an Iranian document saying the Mid-East country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant will likely be the world’s next big nuclear catastrophe (via The Australian).Bushehr is already being called “the next Chernobyl,” but how far would a radioactive cloud from Iran’s new Bushehr nuclear power plant spread?
Traces of the Fukushima nuclear disaster from earlier this year have been found as far as San Francisco. It is unclear how far the impacts of a nuclear reactor that doesn’t meet international standards would reach.
The document says that Iran’s reactor was built by “second-class engineers,” is vulnerable to earthquakes, and has no emergency plans in the event of an accident. Furthermore, Iran is the only country which has not joined the Convention on Nuclear Safety, which is an agreement to meet certain international nuclear power plant standards.
Sami Alfaraj, a Kuwaiti government adviser, said, “they are playing Russian roulette not just with us but with the world” and that an accident would be a “total calamity for the world” in a post by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Soon after the reactor’s September 12 unveiling, Russian engineer Alexander Bolgarov already revealed the reactor’s malfunctions, construction errors, and other flaws during its testing and construction phases. The Bushehr reactor is essentially built from some new Russian parts attached to the old damaged remains of an incomplete German power plant from 1974.
Iran built the reactor to prove it can compete with Western scientific achievements, but it is doing so at the risk of its nation, and potentially the entire world.
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