Representatives of the European Commission positively assessed the state of implementation of projects in the field of radioactive waste management in Ukraine
During the meeting of the Supervisory Board on the implementation of the projects of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) program in Vienna (Republic of Austria), the Head of the SAUEZM Vitalii Petruk presented the progress of Ukraine in the implementation of projects in the field of radioactive waste management (RW).
Representatives of the European Commission noted that the recent reorganization changes initiated by SAUEZM in the field of radioactive waste management are «an excellent course that will simplify and improve the efficiency of management in this sector. The introduced changes are in fact the implementation of recommendations developed jointly with European experts».
Besides that, with the support of the European Union, equipment for emergency response teams was supplied to the specialized combines of SSE «Radon Association» under the INSC program. Currently, this equipment is used to remove and re-dispose radioactive waste from the Piski-1 facility in Kyiv region.
«Two months ago, we also commissioned a long-term facility, a plant for liquid radioactive waste processing, which is generated during the Chornobyl NPP decommissioning. Today, 136 barrels of radioactive waste with recycled at the plant radioactive waste have been accepted for disposal at the specialized repository. Due to the consistent changes and improvements implemented by the SAUEZM over the last few years, the infrastructure created with the support of the international community was used for its intended purpose. Finally, we are at a stage where experts are discussing the choice of more efficient technologies and techniques, rather than worrying about the lack of funds and the hopelessness of the situation», - noted Vitalii Petruk.
Also, work on setting up a facility for the release of materials from regulatory control at the Chornobyl NPP is underway in the Exclusion Zone, as well as the development and implementation of an integrated automated radiation monitoring system at specialized combines of SSE «Radon Association».
«As of today, the Agency and the Central Enterprise on Radioactive Waste Management are actively working to develop a national plan for the geological disposal of radioactive waste in Ukraine. In particular, the creation of a roadmap for the implementation of this project is ongoing, and thanks to the EU an additional contract for the consideration of intermediate level waste has been signed», - informed Anastasia Nechytaiylo, Head of the International Cooperation Department of the KCO SE «COTIS».
The INSC project leadership praised Ukraine's progress in implementing projects in the field of radioactive waste management and assured the SAUEZM leadership of its readiness to develop cooperation in this area in the future.