Nuclear Power Station Threat to Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is the crown jewel of Russia it is so beautiful, it is alsothe home of my familly unfortunately we live with the threat of an old and seems to be miss managed Nuclear power plant.

In 2009 whilst on a business trip abroad the news leaked of an incident at the plant the news became public only 24 hrs later in Russia. Images of Chernobyle and its effects on children flashed in my head, I called my wife and told her to buy potassium iodide tablets and stay indoors I can tell you I felt so disarmed.

Here are the facts:

Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant (Russian: Ленинградская атомная электростанция; Ленинградская АЭС) is a nuclear power plant located in the town of Sosnovy Bor in Russia's Leningrad Oblast, on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, some 80 km to the west of the city centre of Saint Petersburg. It consists of 4 nuclear reactors of RBMK-1000 type. These reactors are identical to reactors No. 1 and 2 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

In 1975 there was a partial meltdown in Leningrad reactor Unit 1 that released 1.5 MCi into the environment.

In March 1992, an accident at the Sosnovy Bor nuclear plant leaked radioactive gases and iodine into the air through a ruptured fuel channel. This was the first accident at the station announced in the news media.

In December 2005, a non-nuclear smelter at the facility exploded, badly injuring three people. A private company reprocessing scrap metal at the facility was operating the smelter, which overheated and exploded spraying molten metal across a large area and starting several fires. Three workers were burned in the explosion, with two experiencing burns over 90 percent of their bodies.

On August 27, 2009 the 3rd unit was stopped due to finding a hole in the discharge header of a pump.

The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter published a short notice on page 27 in the 29 August issue about a coolant leak at the plant. The problem is described as serious but without any immediate risk of radiation in the surrounding environment.