Seventh Summer Explosion: Explosion at Uranium Plant Triggers Nuclear Panic In Russia

An explosion at a uranium enrichment plant in Russia's Urals region on Friday prompted Russia's state nuclear corporation to publish a statement to ease fears. At around 9 a.m. local time, a cylinder with depleted uranium hexafluoride "depressurized" in a workshop at the Ural Electrochemical Combine in Novouralsk, the statement from Rosatom, which owns the plant—the largest uranium enrichment plant in the world—said. Uranium hexafluoride is a chemical used during the uranium enrichment process. Russian media outlets often use euphemisms such as "loud bang" or "depressurized" instead of "blast" or "explosion," allegedly to avoid sowing panic and to maintain a "favorable information landscape." Source


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