Ukraine adopts practices of the UK in the field of radioactive waste management

Ukrainian experts with their colleagues from the UK exchanged experience in radioactive waste management (RW) during a working visit of heads of State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM) and State Corporation «UkrSA «Radon».

«Validity period of the National Target Environmental Program for Radioactive Waste Management was completed in 2017. The agency's experts are now actively developing changes to this program, which will continue its operation and will take into account best international practices. In addition, we are working to improve the classification of RW in Ukraine, that is why attracting expert support from countries with advanced nuclear power is extremely important for us. All of our knowledge will be used to develop a state system for radioactive waste management», - said Vitaliy Petruk, the Head of the SAUEZM.

He also noted that Ukraine already has a positive experience of cooperation with Great Britain in the field of radioactive waste management. In particular, with the financial support of Great Britain in the Exclusion zone a Centralized storage facility for spent waste sources of ionized radiation (CSFSCIR) was built. All Ukrainian spent sources of ionized radiation that are currently stored at the regional specialized enterprises of the «UkrSA «Radon» will be transported there.

Members of the Ukrainian delegation presented their experience in managing the area of exclusion and management of radioactive waste, as well as familiarized with the United Kingdom's RW management system. In particular, the specialists visited the Sellafield nuclear power plant, a facility for the purification of liquid radioactive wastes, and discussed the possibility of establishing cooperation with the leadership of leading UK companies on the improvement of radioactive waste management technologies.

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