SAUEZM and IAEA signed a Memorandum on Cooperation in the field of scientific and technical research

The management of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of scientific and technical research for the next 3 years. The main areas of work under the new Memorandum will be research for the decommissioning of nuclear facilities, the management of radioactive waste and the restoration of the environment after radioactive contamination.

«We highly value the IAEA's attention to Chornobyl issues and readiness for cooperation. It is important for us to involve independent international experience in the field of coping with the consequences of the Chornobyl accident, as well as to spread Ukraine's experience in this field abroad in order to avoid such tragedies in the future», – Vitalii Petruk, Head of SAUEZM, emphasized.

According to Christophe Xerri, Director of the IAEA's nuclear fuel cycle and waste management department, Ukraine is not only Chornobyl, but the world has something to learn from this accident and experience of coping with its consequences. He also noted the initiatives of the agency to exchange knowledge in this area.

The work within the framework of the Memorandum also provides for the development of professionalism, enhancement of practical skills of students, participation in international scientific research. Ukraine's cooperation with the IAEA will also affect the improvement of the national system for radioactive waste (RAW) management.

«Currently, 2 bills on RAW management are in the process of consideration by the Verkhovna Rada: on the allocation of the territory of special industrial use around ChNPP and on changes to the national classification of RAW. These bills bring the Ukrainian system closer to international standards. But a number of issues, among which, for example, the need to create a geological storage facility for high-level RAW, still needs to be addressed, and we hope to help international experts in this area», - Head of SAUEZM, said.

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