SAUEZM and US Forest Service Extend Collaboration to Improve Fire Safety of Exclusion Zone

During the meeting of the Heads of SAUEZM and enterprises of the Exclusion Zone with representatives of the US Forest Service the results and prospects of cooperation between the institutions were discussed. In particular, representatives of the Forest Service noted the progress made by the SAUEZM in establishing the Coordination Center on Emergencies Management and assured their readiness to continue providing expert assistance under this project.

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SAUEZM presented priorities for activities in the Exclusion zone at parliamentary hearings

A.i. Head of SAUEZM Oleksandr Kovalchuk at the parliamentary hearings «Parliament's Environmental Policy Priorities for 5 Years» presented the strategy of development of the Exclusion zone and perspective directions of work. In particular, he drew the attention of the members of parliament of Ukraine to the legal conflict arising during the activity of the Chornobyl radiation and ecological biosphere reserve.

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Ukrainian and British experts shared their experience in managing radioactive waste

Representatives of SAUEZM and Ukrainian enterprises on radioactive waste management discussed with the British Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and a number of profile associations and commercial companies approaches to waste management and potential areas of cooperation for organizations. They paid great attention to the enhancement of international cooperation between Ukraine and the United Kingdom in the field of nuclear and radiation safety, radioactive waste safety and the provision of expert and advisory assistance from the United Kingdom on the improvement of national technologies.

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A protective cell for discharge of high level sources of ionizing radiation is ready for operation at SSE «Association «Radon»

A task group of experts of the SSE «Association «Radon» and interregional special combines conducted trainings and tests of the modular mobile protective camera (MMPC) for discharge of high level sources of ionizing radiation. According to the results of the tests, it is concluded that the installation is ready for operation.

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Verkhovna Rada adopts changes to improve legislation on Radioactive waste management

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the second reading and, in general, the law «On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on Improvement of the Legislation on Radioactive Waste Management». By this law the legislative framework of Ukraine in the field of radioactive waste management is brought into compliance with the international requirements of radioactive waste disposal.

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European Union continues to support Ukraine in establishing geological repository for radioactive waste

Within the framework of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation program (INSC), the European Union supported Ukraine in developing the National Plan for the Geological Disposal of Medium-Level Waste and a timetable for its implementation. During the kick-off meeting held in Kyiv with the participation of representatives of the European Union, State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM) and State Specialized Enterprise «Central Enterprise for Radioactive Waste Management» (CERWM) the project implementation plan was presented and agreed by the project contractor.

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Chornobyl NPP hosted a national IAEA workshop on radioactive waste characterization

At the SSE «Chornobyl NPP» within the framework of the IAEA project UKR 9038 «Support for decommissioning of nuclear power plant units and radioactive waste management at the site of the Chornobyl NPP and in the Exclusion zone» a workshop on the characterization of radioactive waste and packages with immobilized waste was conducted. Participants of the workshop got acquainted with international practices of radioactive waste characterization, in particular, examples of legislative regulation of this field, equipment for characterization and methods of measuring radionuclides activity.

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The 63rd IAEA General Conference continues in Vienna

The 63rd IAEA General Conference is taking place this week with the participation of the Ukrainian delegation led by the Head of the SNRIU Hryhorii Plachkov. The State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management is represented by the Head of the Agency Vitalii Petruk and the Head of the Department for International Cooperation and Public Relations Kateryna Pavlova.

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