Prime Minister Støre: Nuclear accidents in Ukraine pose little risk to Norway

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) says the fighting near nuclear power plants in Ukraine increases the risk of accidents but states the risk for Norway is small.

“The fire at a Ukrainian nuclear power plant after a Russian attack two weeks ago, fortunately, did not lead to the release of radioactive material. 

“No elevated radiation levels have been recorded in the area after the fire. Should there be a release of radioactive material in Ukraine, the consequences for Norway will be limited due to the distance between the countries,” Støre said in a statement to the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Friday.

He says the Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety is continuously monitoring the situation, and they have ongoing access to measurements from measuring stations in Ukraine.

“The incident shows that it is necessary to be able to alert the entire population quickly in an extraordinary situation. Therefore, we have allocated funds to the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, which is looking at solutions,” Støre added.

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