Recently, the IAEA expert mission at ChNPP was completed. Its purpose was to consider a number of issues on accumulation at the process material temporary storage site and the use of this site in the future.
This facility is located within the ChNPP site and is used to store metal, reinforced concrete structures and soils formed during construction activities within the construction of facilities under the Action Plan measures at the Shelter. Currently, more than 116,000 cubic meters of process contaminated materials are stored at the site.
Expert of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety Oleksandr Soloviov also took part in the IAEA mission activities. “During the mission, ChNPP representatives provided general information on the creation and use of the process material temporary storage site, as well as ChNPP approaches on its further management. The IAEA experts presented their recommendations on this issue. In general, the mission was at a high expert level”, he noted:
During the mission, the experts discussed peculiarities and specifics of the planned activities, identified the type and amount of the material accumulated at the site, nature of radioactive contamination of adjacent areas and objects near it. At the same time, possible options of process material management and measures to be taken to protect the environment near the process material temporary storage site were identified.
After familiarization with the presented technical documents and developed set of measures for long-term safe storage of process materials at the site that was prepared by ChNPP, the IAEA expert mission has provided preliminary recommendations that could improve radiation safety at the process material temporary storage site and adjacent territories and has prepared a draft report on the IAEA mission.