Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a bill on amendments to the National Program for the ChNPP decommissioning
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the second reading and in general voted for the bill № 6624, which provides for the continuation of the National Program for ChNPP decommissioning and the transformation of the Shelter object into an environmentally safe system, as well as budget financing for this activity until 2020. 229 people's deputies voted for the decision.
Adoption of this draft law will allow the approval of a single document defining priority directions for the decommissioning of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and transforming the Shelter Object into an environmentally safe system and, accordingly, will provide budget financing for this activity by 2020.
According to Vitaliy Petruk, Head of the SAUEZM, the National Program defines the main stages of the process of decommissioning the Chernobyl NPP and transformation of the Shelter object into an environmentally safe system, as well as the necessary measures to be implemented by 2020 inclusive. Changes made to this program are designed taking into account the timing, the current state of work and plans for these directions by 2020.
With the adoption of amendments to the National Program Ukraine will have certain key steps and necessary measures for decommissioning of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant for the coming period. First of all, this concerns: the completion of the construction and commissioning of a new safe confinement, the commissioning of a «dry» type of spent nuclear fuel storage facility and the start of work on the transport of spent nuclear fuel.
Also, the Head of the SAUEZM emphasizes that the process of decommissioning the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and transforming the Shelter into an environmentally safe system is quite long-term and will take place for several decades. Therefore, today it is important to develop at the state level and approve for the relevant period a new National Program for the decommissioning of ChNPP. This is followed by the development of the concept of the program, which is scheduled for 2019.