Scientists warn: Covid-19 is also a threat to the safety of nuclear facilities

Working paper on nuclear safety during pandemic events published.

The Covid-19 pandemic not only poses a major challenge to society, but also has an impact on the operation of nuclear facilities. In order to be able to continue to operate nuclear power plants normally, operators pressure the nuclear regulatory authorities to shorten or postpone certain measures. Nuclear regulatory authorities are currently unable to carry out all planned inspections, as these pose a risk to employees.

INRAG has published a working paper (link here) which shows the procedure in different countries and discusses possible consequences. INRAG insists that the pandemic must not lead to a lowering of safety standards.

The International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group (INRAG) was founded in 2014 at BOKU and is located at the Institute for Safety and Risk Sciences. The INRAG is a network of experts that bundles and makes available expertise on nuclear issues.