The Romanian institutions responsible for stepping in emergency situations are asking the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forestry to provide data about potential risk factors following the fire that broke out next to Ukraine’s disused Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
“Based on the instructions of Deputy Prime Minister for National Security, Minister of the Interior Gabriel Oprea, the technical structures that belong to the operational coordination platform for emergencies and which report to the Government’s Operational Command Centre asked the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forestry to provide real-time and concrete data and information about the potential risk factors following the fire produced in Ukraine, in the vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” reads a Wednesday release to Agerpres.
According to the cited source, depending on the information received, the responsible structures shall take appropriate measures to prevent specific threats.
Ukraine’s Emergency Service said that the forest fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon near the Chernobyl plant – which was the scene of a civil nuclear power disaster in 1986 – engulfing roughly 400 hectares of woodland and raging 5 km away from the radioactive waste disposal sites. Last evening Ukrainian authorities said the fire had been contained.