Ukraine ranks second in Europe in terms of accumulated and projected radioactive waste. This was shown by the audit of the efficiency of the use of state budget funds aimed at performing work in the field of non-nuclear radwaste management conducted by the Audit Office in 2019.
In particular, the subject of the audit was the use of funds allocated for the construction and operation of the Vector set of industries.
As of January 1, 2019, the volume of accumulated radwaste in Ukraine amounted to almost 2 million cubic meters. m, and projected — more than 1.5 million cubic meters. m.
Based on the results of the audit, the Audit Office recommended the Government to adopt a programme document on the implementation of the Radioactive Waste Management Strategy in Ukraine.
The document was to include measures aimed at resolving issues related to the storage of high-level radioactive waste (RW) generated after the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel of Ukrainian nuclear power plants, and the creation of a geological repository for disposal of long-lived and high-level RW.
According to the Audit Office, based on the results of this audit, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved in August 2021 the State Economic Program for the Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel until 2025.