First Deputy Head of SAUEZM introduced in Japan the progress of Ukraine in overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl accident

Oleh Nasvit, First Deputy Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM), took part in the IV Annual Meeting on the occasion of the public report of the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity at the University of Fukushima. The participation of the SAUEZM representative in the event took place within the framework of the international technical assistance project "Improvement of radiation control of the environment and legislative framework in Ukraine for the environmental rehabilitation of radioactively contaminated territories" of the SATREPS program.

During the meeting, the first deputy head of the SAUEZM presented the report "The Chornobyl Exclusion Zone: 32 Years of Remediation Experience after the Nuclear Power Plant Accident and Assessment of Future Prospects" and briefed colleagues from the University of Fukushima and the institutes of neighboring prefectures, as well as representatives of the public of Fukushima, on the achievements of Ukraine in overcoming consequences of the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

"From the moment of the Chornobyl accident, almost 32 years have passed, in Japan - 7 years. The Chornobyl Exclusion Zone is a time machine for the Japanese, with which they can investigate the behavior of radionuclides 32 years after the emission. Based on our experience, they can plan their own post-accident measures and look for ways to rehabilitate affected areas. We are also interested in deepening cooperation on Chornobyl-related topics and using the latest technical developments," - Oleh Nasvit says.

Experts from the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity at the University of Fukushima presented their achievements to colleagues, in particular regarding the revision of evacuation zones, the decontamination and radiation monitoring of contaminated areas.

According to Oleh Nasvit, Japan has returned to local communities around 30% of the territories which the population evacuated in 2011 as a result of the accident at the Fukushima-1 NPP. The process of returning land previously disposed of in Ukraine is just beginning. Zhytomyr and Kyiv Region State Administrations have already requested to return part of the land withdrawn from the use of land to their management, and Japan's experience in this activity will be extremely beneficial for Ukraine.

The plans of the specialists are the joint Japanese-Ukrainian symposium in Fukushima in May 2018.

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