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    VIOLATIONS UP AT RUSSIA'S NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS

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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 27. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- Russia's Gosatomnadzor is concerned over the increasing number of safety violations at nuclear power stations. Last year it increased to 51 from 39 in 2002, Gosatomnadzor head Andrei Malyshev said on Friday at the collegium of the federal supervisory body for nuclear and radiation safety.

    In 2000 69 violations were registered, he said.

    Despite the rise in violations last year, work of the nuclear power stations was positive: the utilisation rate of the designed capacity increased by 4.6 percent, Malyshev said.

    To him, an examination will be held very soon to see whether the increased number of violations in 2003 was linked to the increased production of electricity.

    Malyshev also said that in 2003 violations in work of facilities of the nuclear-fuel cycle increased almost two-fold. Seven out of the 24 violations were due to the human factor.

    "It is a very bad tendency, because the human factor becomes to dominate in violations", head of Russia's Gosatomnadzor said.

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