Ukraine and Sweden are expanding cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection
State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management and the Swedish Radiation Safety Committee signed an Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection. Within the framework of the Agreement Ukrainian system and infrastructure for radioactive waste management (RW), high-level spent sources of ionizing radiation (SSIR) will be further improved.
«In summer of 2018, a review of the portfolio of technical assistance projects funded by the Government of Sweden took place, with the result of which radiation safety projects had a chance to expand. We are ready to consider any proposals to strengthen Ukraine's potential in the field of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, safety in radwaste management, emergency response, and we already have some progress on potential projects, and we look forward to further cooperation with the Government of Sweden», says Head of the SAUEZM Vitalii Petruk.
According to the Head of the Department for International Cooperation and Public Relations Kateryna Pavlova, the Agreement provides for the exchange of experience in application of successful experience in the field of radioactive waste management and implementation at the legislative level of the provisions and recommendations of the IAEA, personnel training programs, and the exchange of normative and other documents, transfer of technical data.
Currently a number of projects supported by the Government of Sweden are already being successfully implemented in Ukraine. In particular, the development of a technical solution for individual extraction of SSIR from the well-type storage facilities of the USC Radon and the draft design of the technological containers for storage of hydrocarbons with isotopes of the Cobalt-60 is in progress. In addition, Sweden has also joined the pilot project «Amnesty of Abandoned SIR», which is being implemented in the Dnipropetrovsk region.