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Commenting article: NPP Employee Suspects Nuclear Fuel Fraud

There is a possibility that a corruption scheme for the supply of nuclear fuel was created at the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) "Kozloduy", according to statements made before Darik radio by Georgi Kotev.

Kotev is an employee of the NPP and had initially made his accusations through a popular video clips Internet site.
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#1
Taro - 14 Jul 2008 // 14:07:02

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...

Greets
Taro

#2
Foreign Legion - 14 Jul 2008 // 14:19:19

Is anyone surprised?

Corruption is a cultural way of life for Bulgaria.

The guy will end up being killed and no-one will come to justice.

#3
CJB - 14 Jul 2008 // 15:47:37

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.

#4
ballgarian - 14 Jul 2008 // 18:53:49

Depressing doesn't even begin to describe it.

#5
CJB - 14 Jul 2008 // 19:16:02

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.

#6
ballgarian - 16 Jul 2008 // 20:17:53

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.

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