The EU provided modern equipment to support Ukraine's response to radiological emergencies
On June 6, the project for the transfer of equipment for emergency response was completed at specialized enterprises of the Ukrainian State Corporation «Radon» and in places of temporary radioactive waste localization financed by the European Union. In the course of its implementation, special equipment and means of personal protection in the amount of 3.3 million euros for emergency brigades and for the removal of radioactive waste from the repositories formed during the first years of liquidation of the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster were transferred to the special combines of the USC «Radon».
«Ukraine continues to improve its radioactive waste management infrastructure to increase radiation safety of the country. The equipment we receive will be used to respond to radiation accidents arising from the use and transfer for storage of radioactive materials, as well as for withdrawal and transportation to Chornobyl radioactive waste storage facilities from temporary localization points located outside the Exclusion Zone», – Vitalii Petruk, Head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, says.
The project started in January 2017 and lasted 18 months, during which a total of 95 different equipment items were provided. Due to the implementation of the project, USC «Radon» was equipped to solve most of the extraordinary radiological situations that may occur, as well as work on the reclamation of Radioactive Waste Temporary Localization Facility (RWTLF) will be started.
«This year we will begin work on «Pisky-1» – the first of 54 RWTLF, just using the equipment received from the European Union», – Head of the SAUEZM emphasizes.