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Lithuania concerned about harmful rumors concerning nuclear
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Specialists involved in the matter expect that states antagonistic to Lithuania might manipulate information about the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant, currently under construction in Ostrovets, just 50 kilometers away from Vilnius, to escalate panic in the society. Edgaras Geda, the Head of the Civilian Security Agency at the Fire and Rescue Department warns, that false messages about incidents at the plant might reach Lithuania through various media, including even the established channels.

Read more: https://en.delfi.lt/cyber-security/exper...d=79534639

Nuclear has always had their cart in front of their horse.
 
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http://m.baltictimes.com/article/jcms/id/142419/

Lithuanian government okays evacuation plan in case of accident at Belarus' N-plant
2018-11-02
 
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https://www.rferl.org/a/lithuania-holds-...95271.html

Lithuania Holds 'Emergency Drills' As Belarus Nuke Plant Nears Completion
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Lithuania is holding a four-day national emergency nuclear drill amid mounting concerns as a Russian-made nuclear power plant in neighboring Belarus nears completion.

The Astravets nuclear power plant is less than 50 kilometers from Lithuania's capital Vilnius and the country's government has long argued the plant will not meet Western safety standards. In a sign of the growing concern, the government recently ordered millions of iodine pills in case of a nuclear accident at the plant.

Rosatom, the Russian nuclear giant contracted to construct the plant with two VVER-1200 reactors, has rejected charges it will pose a safety risk. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not raised alarms over safety.

Opening the unprecedented drills on October 1, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda warned the nuclear power plant also “poses a threat to Lithuanian national security.”
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The nuclear power plant, however, is being built by Russian companies contracted by Rosatom and Moscow is jointly financing the project, which is estimated to cost between $5 billion and $22 billion. Unit 1 is due online by the end of 2019, a year after its initial launch date; Unit 2 is seen on stream in 2020.

The construction site has witnessed a series of mishaps, including the dropping of a 330-ton nuclear reactor casing in July 2016. It was only more than two weeks after the incident that the Belarusian Energy Ministry confirmed there had been an “emergency situation” at the construction site.

Lithuania and other critics say Minsk has failed to carry out an environmental-impact study for Astravets. The power plant will draw water for its cooling reactors from the Nevis River, which also supplies drinking water in Lithuania.

On August 19, the Associated Press reported that Lithuania expected to receive more than 4 million iodine tablets to be handed out to citizens in case of a radiation leak at the Astravets nuclear power plant. Iodine is often taken to protect the thyroid gland from some types of radiation.

IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said in Minsk in April 2016 that the UN nuclear agency "has worked closely with Belarus on all aspects of this major project and will continue to offer every assistance." He said with two reactors under construction, Belarus "is one of the most advanced of what the IAEA calls ‘newcomer' countries."...
 
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