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.
The Head of Delegation presented a national report which stated that Ukraine highly appreciates the IAEA's support for the decommissioning of the Chornobyl NPP as well as assistance in bringing the contaminated territories affected by the Chornobyl disaster to safety.
In addition, a meeting with the IAEA officer Kateryna Diufre was held at the General Conference to discuss the current state of implementation of the IAEA National Project UKR9038 and to receive positive feedback on the effective SAUEZM teamwork.
«The national project serves as a tool to analyze the legislative and regulatory documents used in the field of radioactive waste management in accordance with IAEA safety standards and the IAEA Glossary and provide recommendations for their improvement. Work is also underway to bring the Ukrainian classification of radioactive waste to a pan-European sample and to work out recommendations for the development of a program for the creation of a radiological storage facility for radioactive waste in Ukraine», - said Vitalii Petruk.
The SAUEZM leadership also met with Christopher Kserri, Director of the IAEA's Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, to discuss further steps to identify areas for work on the New Safe Confinement, in particular, to continue work on equipment under the destroyed power unit. During the meeting, Christopher Kserri noted that the IAEA will continue to provide expert support to Ukraine in this matter, since the Chornobyl topic is of concern to the whole world. In particular, he invited representatives of SAUEZM to consider cooperating with the mission of the IAEA's integrated expert service on the expert evaluation of radioactive waste and spent fuel management, decommissioning and recovery programs – «ARTEMIS».
According to Kateryna Pavlova, Head of the Department for International Cooperation and Public Relations of SAUEZM, the «ARTEMIS»mission is a new mission format that has been used successfully by countries such as France and Luxembourg since 2014. The new mission model at the ChNPP site will allow Ukraine to receive comprehensive recommendations on further steps to be taken under the NSC on the destroyed power unit from world industry experts.
Moreover, during the meeting it was noted that preparations for the 35th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster had already begun, during which an international scientific conference is planned. The participation and support of the IAEA experts in this event is very important for Ukraine.