Interdepartmental interaction started within the framework of the information campaign of the Amnesty program of orphaned SIRS
During the constituent meeting in the framework of the project «Public Outreach on the Amnesty Program of Orphaned SIRS», the relevant executive bodies and institutions worked out the interaction in case of detecting radioactive materials in the illicit circulation and discussed the necessary changes to the legislation for its effective implementation. This project has been implemented since May 1, 2017, with the support of the United States Government and is part of the global program to address the nuclear threat. The meeting was attended by representatives of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM), the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), the Chornobyl Research and Development Institute (ChRDI) and other specialized bodies of executive power and relevant institutions.
«Orphaned SIRS are a potential danger both for the temporary owners of these materials and their families, and for the country in general. Our goal is to collect all these sources at the specialized combines, where specialists will ensure their proper processing and storage. The first steps have already been made: since October 2016, volunteers are not prosecuted for illicit radioactive material handling», – Vitalii Petruk, the Head of SAUEZM, says.
The discussion on the necessity of regulating the regulatory framework, which determines the process of interaction between specialized bodies and enterprises in the event of the discovery of orphaned SIRS or their voluntary delivery by citizens, is underway. In particular, during the meeting, SSTC NRS experts provided recommendations for improving the current legislation to accelerate and improve the effectiveness of the response to such situations.
«We are looking forward to this project as a tool for educating the culture of the use of SIRS and raising the level of radiation safety in Ukraine. The result of the project should be a clear understanding by citizens that SIRS is not a product, but a danger to get rid of safely and legally, as well as the willingness of profile structures to receive radioactive materials from the population», – Vitalii Dem’ianiuk, a member of the supervisory board of the ChRDI, commented.
Pilot version of the project is implemented in one of the most developed industrial regions of Ukraine – Dnipropetrovsk region. According to preliminary calculations by the specialists of the ChRDI, more than 100 SIRS outside the regulatory control area may be located in this territory.