The on-going war increases the risk of a nuclear accident in Ukraine. WENRA and HERCA assessed the potential consequences of a severe accident, should it occur.
They considered that the accident scenarios from the “HERCA-WENRA approach for better cross-border coordination of protective actions during the early phase of a nuclear accident” issued in 2014 were a valid basis to be used for reference. In these scenarios, iodine prophylaxis could be recommended up to 20 km or up to around 100 km from the damaged plant, depending on the type of severe accident.
HERCA and WENRA will work to further contribute to a coordinated nuclear emergency response at the European level and provide support to the Ukrainian regulatory body, in link with ENSREG and the IAEA.
“War in Ukraine: WENRA and HERCA conclusions on the consequences of a nuclear accident” of 9 March 2022 (PDF)