Comprehensive tests of the crane trolley with hoist and grips are ongoing at ISF-2 (Chernobyl NPP dry spent fuel storage facility). The crane trolley with hoist and grips (CTHG) will be used jointly with the hot cell (HC) crane to transfer hot cell equipment.
On 29-30 August, experts of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) participated in special tactical exercises on anti-terrorist operation in a serious radiological situation resulting from an act of nuclear terrorism and illicit trafficking of radioactive materials. The exercises were conducted by the headquarters of the Anti-Terrorist Center under the Security Service of Ukraine with the assistance of the Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, with the participation of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Sumy region, State Border Service of Ukraine, National Police, SNRIU, State Committee for Technical Regulation and Consumer Policy, and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The exercises were conducted in Konotop, Sumy region.
With the assistance of the nuclear regulatory authority of the United States of America, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (U.S. NRC), a training workshop to improve knowledge on modeling of severe accident sequences to be considered in Level 2 Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA)* was held in Rockville in the U.S. NRC Professional Development Center. Anastasiia Ilina, Researcher of the NPP Thermohydraulic and Probabilistic Safety Analysis Department of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), participated in the workshop.
Order of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine No. 269 dated 21 June 2019 “On Approval of Safety Requirements for Nuclear Fuel Management” (NP 306.2.221-2019) came into force on 20 August 2019 and was published in the Official Bulletin of Ukraine on 20 August 2019 under No. 63.
According to the results of radiometric measurements that lasted from 10 to 18 August 2019, the radiation background in Ukraine was no different from the usual, and therefore it can be stated that the emergency occurred at a military site near the Nyonoksa locality in the Arkhangelsk Oblast (Russia) did not affect the radiological situation of Ukraine.
On 8 August, around 12 am Moscow time, the sensors of the Automated Radiation Monitoring System (ARMS) in Severodvinsk (Russian Federation) recorded an increase in radiation background. Within half an hour, it was about three times higher than the permissible value. The equivalent dose rate of gamma radiation was 2 µSv/h.
On November 4 and 5, the European Technical Safety Organisations network (ETSON) will host the EUROSAFE 2019 conference in Cologne, Germany. For the 19th time since 1999, experts from ETSON member organisations and representatives of regulatory authorities, scientific institutions and the industry from all over Europe and beyond will meet to discuss current topics in nuclear safety, nuclear waste management and radiation protection.
Experts of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) carried out training for representatives of the Nuclear Emergency Management and Response Center of the Shandong Province in China regarding the general practice of Ukraine on the implementation of emergency preparedness and response, general NPP safety issues and Chornobyl NPP accident.
The State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) pays great attention to training and professional development of personnel. According to SSTC NRS management, continuous skill improvement and moving forward are not only the requirements of today, but also an integral part of daily activities. Through partnership with the best European organizations, SSTC NRS experts are able to participate in a number of workshops, trainings, practical courses and programs.
Within the cooperation of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) with Techneo Global LLC, Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) and Chengdu Hezong Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (NPEC), a ceremonial opening of the “Ukrainian-Chinese Joint Scientific and Research Platform on NPP Safety Issues and Ageing Management” took place and the Framework Cooperation Agreement was signed to expand and continue cooperation between institutions.
In July, a meeting of the General Assembly of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON) took place in Prague (Czech Republic). The State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) was represented by Oleksandr Pecherytsia, Deputy Director on Scientific and International Activities, Yuliia Yesypenko, Head of International Projects Department, and Yuliya Balashevska, Head of Emergency Preparedness and Radiation Monitoring Department.
The State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) and the Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance (UNIC) have signed a Memorandum of Partnership. The relevant document was signed by Ihor Shevchenko, SSTC NRS Director, Gaiane Karakashian, Head of UNIC Secretariat, and Ivan Sakal, Head of UNIC Executive Committee.
Scientific and Technical Journal Nuclear and Radiation Safety issued by the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety has recently been reregistered in the updated list of scientific professional publications of category “A” of Ukraine, which can publish results of thesis for obtaining scientific degrees of the Doctor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.
The disputes over Soviet submarine Komsomolets that sank 30 years ago in the Norwegian Sea still continue.
Recently, Norwegian researchers have found that radiation level near the submarine exceeds the set value (about 0.001 Bq/l) and makes 100 Bq/l. The highest level measured in a sample was 800,000 times higher than normal. The researchers obtained these results by taking samples from the submarine ventilation duct with the help of Aegir 6000 remotely operated underwater drone, which allowed the approach right up to a sunken submarine for the first time.