NPP Employee Suspects Nuclear Fuel Fraud
Kotev is an employee of the NPP and had initially made his accusations through a popular video clips Internet site.
According to the NPP employee beginning in 2004, "Kozloduy" might have been importing recycled fuel instead of new one and the NPP's top management has been personally profiting from the price difference.
The NPP Director Ivan Genov firmly denied Kotov's allegations.
"In 2004 began the import of a fuel with some declared characteristics and after a while it became clear that the fuel does not correspond to what has been declared," Kotev stated before Darik radio.
"The recycled fuel is much cheaper than the fresh one. Someone must be profiting from the price difference," the employee further added.
Kotev was been adamant that he had proof for his allegations otherwise he would not have made them and risk sounding like a lunatic.
According to the NPP's Director Ivan Genov, Russia does not have any recycled fuel. In response to Kotev's allegations and his claims that he had proof Genov stated that he would like to see the evidence and was not afraid.
Georgi Kotev further said before Darik radio that he is currently abroad since he is afraid for his life, adding that he was ready to supply the evidence documents to any authority in Bulgaria.
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Genov meets Velchev money is exchanged and the fraud investigation finds the powerplant running perfectly without problems. Meanwhile I die a little more inside.
Velchev won't even prosecute when you gather all the evidence for him and plop it on his desk, he's a leech like the rest of them and handing this investigation to him amounts to throwing business in his direction.
Some further context on this story below, which is encouraging as it shows action has been started by an NGO. (Novinite, I know you work for Darik but please try to give more background rather than reporting just what your interview said. Let's face it, you heard about the letter from a press release, then you interviewed the guy. well done for the interview, but tell us the whole story, yeah?)
"NPP Kozloduy Management Accused of Nuclear Fuel Fraud
In a letter to Prosecutor General Boris Velchev, the Ekoglasnost movement has accused the management of the Kozloduy NPP of charging the reactors with recycled instead of fresh fuel.
According to the Bulgarian News Agency, the environmentalists quote a warning by nuclear physicist Georgi Kotev, employed at the Kozloduy NPP.
The Ekoglasnost members insist the Prosecutor General should launch a checkup.
Kotev claims that the new nuclear rods do not comply with the characteristics listed by the producer and in the worst case the plant is supplied with recycled fuel.
'A large-scale corruption scheme for dozens of millions euro a year has been realized because of the difference in prices of fresh and recycled nuclear fuel,' the Ekoglastnost letter reads.
Copies of the letter have been sent to EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, to the Nuclear Energy Directorate, Directorate-General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission and to Boyko Velikov, Chairman of the Anti-corruption Commission with the Bulgarian Parliament.
'These allegations are untrue,' NPP Kozloduy Director Ivan Genov told The Standart.
Energy mafia meets import/export mafia in a profitable combination.
Anyone still think Belene is a good idea? Can you imagine how much of the multi-billion budget will be stolen?
Yet again we have a director of a state-owned company stating he is not afraid. Of course he is not! Neither was Alexander Tomov...
Still, I think false declaration of nuclear fuel must be quite a serious offence. I hope the IAEA gets to hear about this. Then maybe Ivan Genov will not be so confident.
It's quite scaring for me to see, that even the sensitive nuke technology isn't free of corruption and Mafia.
Nuclear technology is a safe under the premise, that the technique and the people working with her, don't make any mistakes, but as we now, this isn't possible...
The consequences of that you can see in Tchernobyl...