On 3 July 2018, public hearings were held in the town of Varash, Rivne region, regarding the lifetime extension of Rivne NPP Unit 3. The event was organized by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) with participation of the Energoatom Nuclear Operator. The participants also included representatives of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), experts of the Rivne NPP and the public.
On 26 June 2018, a working meeting between experts of the SNRIU and the SSTC NRS with representatives of the GRS and the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine took place in Kyiv. The results of jointly implemented projects in Ukraine were discussed and ways for further cooperation were outlined under this event.
A working meeting with representatives of the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC)*, Unialltrans Group (UG) (People's Republic of China), Tekhneo Hlobal Ltd and State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) was held in Kyiv on 7 June.
A press briefing was held in Kyiv on June 5 related to the opening of the Kyiv office of the Chornobyl Radiation and Environmental Biosphere Reserve under the management of the State Agency of Ukraine on the Exclusion Zone Management (SAEZ) and supported by the Global Environment Fund. The main office of the Reserve is located in the village of Ivankiv, and Kyiv office employs workers who are not directly involved in the activities in the Chornobyl zone.
On 31 May, a joint meeting involving participants of project “Public Outreach on the Amnesty Program of Orphan Radiation Sources” and representatives of local authorities was held in Dnipro. It was chaired by Deputy Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Oleg Kuzhman. The meeting was devoted to discussion of the main project stages, development of practical steps that will promote its more efficient implementation and establishment of qualitative horizontal links between all parties involved.
On the 26th of May 2018, the team of the RanidSonni mobile laboratory monitored the radiation in public event places of Kyiv in the framework of radiation safety assurance for Kyiv inhabitants and guests during the Finals of the UEFA-2018 Champions League. No abnormal radiation sources were detected.
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).
The regular RODOS (Decision Support System for Off-site Nuclear Emergency Management in Europe) User Group Meeting held on 14th-15th of May 2018 in Munich was hosted by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection of Germany (BfS). In the framework of this working meeting the participants from more than 12 EU member states, Ukraine, Russia and China participated in additional training module that included consideration of functions and capabilities of system updated version.
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.
The working meeting on presentation of EU experience on implementation of the revised, considering the lessons learned from “Fukushima-1” NPP accident, WENRA1 reference levels was held on 8th-9th of May 2018 in Sophia (Bulgaria).
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.