Basements Available in Taronik Community Not Sufficient to Shelter Population in Case of Radiation Hazard

Basements Available in Taronik Community Not Sufficient to Shelter Population in Case of Radiation Hazard


EcoLur continues presenting the series of materials on the residents of impacted residential areas, local active civil society and local government bodies on safety measures related to awareness, preparation in emergencies, and participation in decision-making processes. We are presenting the results of the monitoring carried out in Taronik community in the ANPP-impact zone, Armavir Region.

The residents of Taronik Community in Armavir Region located at a distance of 6 km from the ANPP don’t have any opportunity to shelter in case of a radiation hazard. The ANPP-impacted community doesn’t have any shelters designed for such cases: the basements can serve as shelters in such cases, but not everyone has it. The surface of the available basements is not sufficient to shelter the population over 2200, as Taronik residents told EcoLur. There are no guiding posters on nuclear safety in the residential area, while the evacuation plan in case of a nuclear hazard is not available for the residents: you can find it only in the community municipality.

Basements as Shelters

Mkhitar Avagyan, Leading Specialist at Taronik Community Staff, noted that they don’t have a special shelter as such, but the basements of some residents can serve this purpose.

Taronik residents assessed their knowledge on and awareness of nuclear hazards as intermediate. The community municipality informed that Taronik population is not aware of the protection measures in case of a nuclear hazard. Only residents employed at the ANPP are aware of the safety measures, who make up around 3% of Taronik population. The ANPP has two pumping stations in Taronik area through which cooling water is pumped to the ANPP from the Sevjur River. Besides that, the ANPP has a reservoir with 15 ha surface in the community again for cooling water. All the workers employed at the pumping station are from Taronik community. The technical water of the ANPP is filled to the drainage system in the community area.

In emergency zone without necessary medication and means

Taronik community is not equipped with first-aid toolkit necessary for a nuclear hazard such as masks and gas masks. There is a medical point in the community, but the necessary medications are missing.

In this the community, no discussions of the legal acts aimed at ensuring nuclear safety of the ANPP have been organized: the MES carried out last training sessions on safety in 2017. The ANPP has never carried out any radiation monitoring in this community and didn’t check the radiation level of drinking groundwater either.

May 29, 2019 at 16:07