IAEA commences work on a document that brings together international experience in overcoming the consequences of nuclear and radiological accidents
Oleh Nasvit, IAEA International Expert and First Deputy Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, presented during the IAEA Expert Consultation Meeting in Vienna (Austria) a Ukrainian experience in coping with the consequences of the Chornobyl accident - the organization of work on radiation-polluted territories. This meeting launched the preparation of the Safety Report with the working title "Accommodation and Work in Locations Affected by Past Nuclear or Radiological Events and Activities".
"The great experience in overcoming the consequences of nuclear and radiation accidents and other events that led to large-scale radioactive contamination of populated areas is accumulated. In particular, it is the Chornobyl and Fukushima tragedies, the consequences of uranium mining in Canada and the work of the Semypalatynsk nuclear test site. However, this experience is difficult to use in full, because there is no single system of this knowledge. Therefore, we have set ourselves the goal of comparing and analyzing all information received as a result of past events and creating a Security Report based on it. The availability of this document will help states in developing strategies for protecting the population and overcoming the consequences of nuclear accidents or radiological accidents in the future," - Oleh Nasvit, First Deputy Head of SAUEZM, the international expert of the IAEA, says.
During the meeting, experts from Ukraine, Canada, France, Japan and Kazakhstan, together with the IAEA's nuclear safety specialists, discussed and approved the structure of the document, its scope and
issues that will be highlighted in it, in particular:
implementation of radioecological and other types of monitoring in the territories affected by past nuclear or radiological events and activities;
building a communication system with the public and other stakeholders in order to improve the management of these territories;
Planning activities for the revival of these territories.
It is expected that the first version of the draft document will be prepared by the end of this year.