[ RadSafe ] Fw: A very fine hoax (?), "accident" in Ukraine

Doug Aitken JAitken at slb.com
Mon Dec 8 09:18:38 CST 2014


Did I hear another melt-down of a hot-water reactor? <G>

To my knowledge, all that came through on Radsafe was a question regarding the "purported" radiation incident and a news link.
I did not see any paranoia....
And many thanks for your confirmation that
- no radiological incident occurred
- the news media did their usual job of creating a story out of nothing...

Happy holidays!

Doug Aitken
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-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Franz Schönhofer
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 9:00 AM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) MailingList
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Fw: A very fine hoax (?), "accident" in Ukraine

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
From: Franz Schönhofer
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2014 11:46 PM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: A very fine hoax (?), "accident" in Ukraine


I got tired about all the messages of paranoid people about the dangers of nuclear power, the deadly risks  associated with radioactivity forwarded on RADSAFE. Now I fight back!!!

Since this morning papers in Austria and elsewhere in Europe are full with extremely alarming messages about a terrible accident in a Ukrainian NPP.
Some idiotic Ukrainian politician mentioned an "accident" in Saporiscvhscvhja ---- actually it was mentioned to be an "irregularity". It was mentioned "btw" in a short notice at the weekly meeting of the Ukrainian government.

Massmedia in Austria iand elsewhere, the audience and the number of sold newspaper copies depend on the amount of sensations and  danger perceived by their readers, "modified" the news so to give the impression of an accident far worse than Chernobyl and Fukushima, Europe and the whole world going to be contaminated even worse (!) than by these former accidents, megadeaths and the whole repertoire of the worst antinuclear communities. Comments of the public on the internet range from anti-Russian (they had it exploded!) to anti-US (they made it explode, they used the Stuxnet-virus which was developed with Israeli and Iranian help) and all the usual conspiracy theories of lowest class of IQ people. Interesting that not even the multinational company "Greenpeace" sent out a comment..... Obviously the whole world as at the "brink of destruction" -  famous citation, but the world has changed since this verse was sung.,....-

According to informations from various authorities, the NPP spokeswoman, the French embassy in Kiew which runs a radiation monitor and others, no "radioactivity" was detected. The block 3 was shut down on 28 NOV 2014 (observe the date it is now Dec. 3rd) because of a problem with electronics. This lead to a shortage of electricity supply. (Don't snowstorms frequently lead in the USA and everywhere else in polar and temperate regions to a cut of electricity lines? It is the case in Austria since about five days!)

Finally: The IAEA was accused of giving no information to the press on request. This is more than absurd, because if as in this case nothing is to be reported what could be reported? Bashing the IAEA is routine.

On top of all: There have been all kind of treaties between most if not all European countries for early notification of a nuclear accident. Please forgive me that I do not provide you with details after having successfully avoided to be involved in such questions anymore after my retirement - "still going strong".

Any suggestion from the US? I do not expect any.

Best regards


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