Ukraine Presented National Report on Joint Convention

On 23 May, during the Sixth Review Meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, the Ukrainian delegation successfully presented the National Report on compliance with obligations under the Joint Convention for the three-year period that passed after the Fifth Meeting. The event was held in Vienna at the IAEA headquarters.

The Ukrainian delegation presented the progress in implementing measures to ensure appropriate nuclear and radiation safety in spent fuel and radioactive waste management, as required by the Joint Convention.

The delegation headed by the Chairman of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine Hryhorii Plachkov included: Energoatom President Yuriy Nedashkovsky, SSTC NRS Director Ihor Shevchenko, representatives of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine and the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, permanent delegation of Ukraine in Vienna, Chornobyl NPP and Radon Corporation.

During the presentation and discussion of the Sixth National Report of Ukraine, it was pointed out that Ukraine properly fulfilled the obligations under the Joint Convention and took measures to ensure appropriate nuclear and radiation safety in spent fuel and radwaste management.

The following positive trends in Ukraine within the three-year period were outlined:

  • implementation of measures envisaged by the National Target Environmental Program for Radwaste Management and National Program on Chornobyl NPP Decommissioning and Shelter Transformation into Environmentally Safe System in compliance with the accepted Radwaste Management Strategy in Ukraine;
  • significant progress in implementing the key project of the Shelter Implementation Plan: Construction of the New Safe Confinement;
  • progress in implementing the projects for the construction of the dry spent fuel storage facility (ISF-2) and centralized spent fuel storage facility (centralized SFSF) in the Chornobyl exclusion zone;
  • progress in the construction of radwaste treatment plants at NPP sites including completion of the solid radwaste treatment plant an Rivne NPP;
  • reassessment of the storage facilities for Chornobyl-origin radwaste in the exclusion zone;
  • improvement of the spent radiation source management system including commissioning of the centralized long-term storage facility for spent radiation sources at the Vektor site.

It was noted that the status, position, competence and effective activity of SNRIU as the nuclear and radiation safety regulator play an important role in improving safe management of spent fuel and radwaste.

See SNRIU official website for details related to the National Report of Ukraine on fulfillment of obligations under the Joint Convention.

According to SNRIU