Today, 23 May 2018 Ukraine has successfully defended the National Report on implementation of obligations under the Joint Convention on safety of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) management and on the safety of radioactive waste (RAW) management (hereinafter – the Joint Convention).
During the week, 16 experts from Western and Eastern European countries worked to improve communication strategies of national regulatory authorities in order to raise public awareness of nuclear and radiation safety issues.
On 3 April, the kick-off meeting of the Interagency Group under the project “Public Outreach on the Amnesty Program of Orphan Radiation Sources” was conducted in the Art Hub creative space of the Ukrinform information agency. The main task of the project is to inform the public about the hazard of orphan radiation sources, about the exemption from criminal liability for the voluntary handover of radiation sources by the public and on the lack of a market for radiation sources. The project has been implemented in the Dnipropetrovsk region since May 2017 with support of the U.S. Government and is a part of global program aimed at non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and elimination of a nuclear threat.
Weekly workshop “Communication for Safety by the Regulatory Body” was started today during which representatives of the nuclear and radiation safety regulators from Western and Eastern Europe will exchange experience and lessons learned to improve communication with the public in order to enhance transparency of their activities.
On 19 April, SSTC NRS representatives visited the College of Geological Survey Technologies of the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. The visit purpose was to inform the students on the activities of the enterprise and up-to-date radiation monitoring equipment, including RanidSonni mobile reconnaissance vehicle.
Working meeting under Task C7, Component C “Oversight and Assessment of Nuclear and Radiation Safety in the Context of the Licensee's Management Systems and Human Factors”, UK/TS/50 Project was held in the city of Fontenay-aux-Roses (France) in the period from 9 to 13 April. Representatives of the SNRIU, SSTC NRS, RISKAUDIT (France), IRSN in France, and Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) GmbH attended the meeting.
On 10-13 April, experts of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) conducted the subject training on radiation safety for the National Police of Ukraine, namely for representatives of the Department for the Provision of Activities Related to Hazardous Materials in Kyiv.
On 12 April 2018, the experts of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) joined the educational project “Spring School” arranged by the Energoatom Company in the PeremogaSpace coworking. The project helps students, young specialists and all interested parties to obtain new knowledge on the nuclear industry of Ukraine and foreign countries and to gain new experience for future career in the energy sector.
Ihor Shevchenko, Director of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), together with Oleksii Dybach, Scientific Director, returned from San Luis Obispo (USA) last week, where they on the Ukrainian delegation participated in a number of meetings and technical workshops on the project for the scheduled outage optimization at NPP power units.
The project is aimed at reducing the duration of scheduled maintenance of NPP safety systems. It is implemented in Ukraine with the support of the US Government through the Argonne National Laboratory.
On 26-30 March 2018, the regular acceptance testing of equipment for the Centralized Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) was carried out at Holtec Manufacturing Division (HMD) in Monroeville (Pennsylvania, USA). Representatives of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) and the Energoatom Company participated in the event.
Energy dependence of Ukraine on Russia is not limited to scandalous gas and oil-product problems. For a long time, the Russian Federation played also on the atomic strings of the national nuclear industry. How Ukraine managed to minimize cooperation with the Russian Federation in the nuclear field, why Russia-controlled mass media continue to sling mud on Ukrainian nuclear energy, how to oppose this, as well as on up-to-date transformations and development of the industry, Ihor SHEVCHENKO, Director of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), informed in his interview for DT.UA.
How ready is Ukraine to resist nuclear terrorism? Can a dirty bomb be used in modern Ukrainian realities? Is there appropriate physical protection of nuclear installations? We were fortunate enough to discuss these questions with international expert in nuclear and radiation safety field, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission representative Mr. Jack Ramsey.
On 22 March 2018, experts of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) conducted an open lesson for students of Specialized School No. 71 in Kyiv to teach them how to use knowledge they receive in physics classes.