On 17 September 2018, the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started in Vienna (Republic of Austria). During the week, authorized delegations from IAEA member states will discuss the most important issues of the organization's activities, including approval of the Agency's budget for 2019 and definition of nuclear and radiation safety priorities.
The emergency response exercises with the use of mobile laboratories in the Chornobyl exclusion zone, which have been conducted from 2 to 8 September 2018, were completed. Sixty experts and 13 equipped mobile laboratories for radiation survey exercised conditional emergency scenarios during the week, which involved a conditional release of radioactive substances caused by NPP accident.
During the VI International Scientific and Practical Conference "Safety and Efficiency of Nuclear Energy" that was held in Odesa from 4 to 6 September, the experts of the SSTC NRS shared developments related to safe handling operations with spent nuclear fuel during its preparation for long-term storage in the spent fuel storage facilities constructed in Ukraine.
On 4-6 September, the workshop “Emergency Preparedness and Response” is held in the SSTC NRS under the implementation of Belgian assistance in improving safety of nuclear installations in Eastern and Central Europe and the CIS countries, as well as the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement between SSTC NRS and the Belgian Institute for Radioelements IRE and its subsidiary IRE-ELіT.
Specialists of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) shared their experience in modern approaches to real-time online assessment and prediction of radiation consequences under the VI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Safety and Efficiency of Nuclear Energy”, which was held in Odessa from 4 to 6 September.
The US Department of Energy and the Argonne National Laboratory continue the support of the scheduled outage optimization project at Ukrainian NPPs. Its goal is to support Ukraine for further improvement of energy safety and energy efficiency using current capacities of Ukrainian NPPs. Zaporizhzhya NPP unit 2 was selected for the pilot implementation of the project.
The second joint emergency exercises with the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) using mobile research laboratories were held on the territory of the Chornobyl exclusion zone on 2 - 8 September.
Regular factory acceptance tests of equipment for the centralized spent fuel storage facility (CSFSF), where spent fuel from three Ukrainian NPPs such as Rivne, Khmelnitsky and South Ukraine NPP will be stored, were held at the Holtec Manufacturing Division (HMD) in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA, from 21 to 27 August.
The VI International Scientific and Practical Conference “Nuclear Energy Safety and Efficiency" devoted to the 100th anniversary of establishing the Odessa National Polytechnic University (ONPU) started today in the city of Odesa.
On 29 August, the world community celebrates the International Day against Nuclear Tests. It was established in December 2009 at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly and aims to intensify the efforts of United Nations, world states, international and non-governmental organizations to cease the nuclear testing.
On 6 August 2018, the ‘Atom for Peace’ street campaign took place in the town of Bucha, during which experts of the SSTC NRS checked the content of radionuclides in food, water, and household and consumer items. Representatives of the editorial board of the Uatom.org website on nuclear and radiation safety and non-proliferation were co-organizers of the event.
In the framework of the working meeting between representatives of the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC), Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), the Memorandum on Cooperation was signed on 26 July 2018.