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Friday, May 23, 2008

Rosenergoatom Denies Rumors of Incident at Nuclear Plant

MOSCOW. May 21 (Interfax) - Rosenergoatom, which runs all nuclear power plants in Russia, has denied rumors about an incident at the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant, saying the plant is operating normally.

"The Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant is operating normally," Rosenergoatom's Technical Director Nikolai Sorokin told reporters on Wednesday.

Sorokin said this is not the first rumor about an incident at a nuclear power plant. "I do not know what it is, hooliganism or something more," he said.

He recalled a similar incident that occurred in the south of Russia about one and a half years ago, when someone spread rumors about an incident at the Volgodonsk Nuclear Power Plant.

Rosenergoatom Deputy Director Vladimir Asmolov said such rumors can be caused by things such as regional training exercises conducted by agencies such as the Emergency Situations Ministry, when "people in white clothes appear."

Asmolov did not rule out that opponents of nuclear energy may be behind these rumors. "The organizers [of such actions] are very media savvy, and it is possible," he said.

(Source: RedOrbit)

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