NO VIOLATIONS REGISTERED AT RUSSIAN NUCLEAR AND RADIATION FACILITIES THIS MARCH

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MOSCOW, April 1, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The federal nuclear-safety administration has checked various nuclear and radiation facilities in line with its prerogatives this past March, registering no incidents, which could have impaired nuclear-safety and radiation-safety standards, reads a press release, which was received by RIA Novosti today.

Automatic-protection systems were activated only once at the Kalinin nuclear power plant's No. 2 power unit in the Central federal district last month.

That power unit's safety system switched off the main circulation pump because its electric motor's cable insulation had developed a malfunction, the press release explains.

Power units were operated safely enough in line with preset standards; no violations were registered in this sphere. The radiation situation didn't change in the vicinity of NPP-s, the document reads in part.

The document claims that there were no violations during the operation of research reactors over the March 2004 period. At the same time, automatic-protection systems were switched on four times, the nuclear-safety administration reports.

There were no deviations from preset modes; and the radiation situation is normal, the press release stresses.

According to the press release, a cable snapped inside a Tyumen-region well (Western Siberia) during geo-physical operations, which were conducted by the Surgut-Nefte-Gas joint-stock company in late March. A geo-physical device replete with an ionizing-radiation source was left inside the well. Work is now proceeding apace to remove that device.

The on-site radiation situation is normal, reports the nuclear-safety administration.

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