ENRESA takes part in the project led by DBE (Germany) for Ukraine
The European Commission’s International Nuclear Safety Cooperation program began in mid2012 a 36-month long a project for supporting Ukraine’s state-owned infrastructures for managing radioactive waste. The contract was awarded to an European consortium made up by several radioactive waste management agencies led by the German DBE, together with ANDRA (France), COVRA (the Netherlands), ENRESA (Spain), and SKB International AB (Sweden). The Consortium has the aid of a team of local experts from the Radio-Ecological Center, which is attached to Ukraine’s Sciences Academy, where it also has available local experts.
The project’s main goal is increasing the efficiency and sustainability of the system for managing the radioactive waste generated in Ukraine through the improvement of its institutional and organizational structures, as well as the interaction between the central agencies and the remaining competent institutions, agencies and companies.
Improving management system for radioactive waste
The Consortium, in cooperation with the project’s beneficiaries – the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (Chernobyl), Ukraine’s Ministry for Fuels and Energy, the end users and other interested publics – has proposed the current radioactive management system, and has drawn up the main formulas for improving it. It entails the modification of the current administration and management system for radioactive waste, as well as the streamlining, reassessment and assignment of responsibilities, duties and powers. Likewise a proposal has been made for unifying both the system for counting the waste and that for training and developing the workforce.
New methodology for assessing the safety
The Consortium also offers aid for the setup of a new methodology for assessing the safety of Ukrainian radioactive waste management facilities.
All the project’s recommendations can be implemented in an effective way in case that they are accepted and included in the national system of the institutions involved. To that end it is required a good understanding of the structural issues of radioactive waste, elements, relationships and interactions. And that is why the team which manages the project organizes a number of workshops and symposia aimed at the local interested collectives and experts in which the recommendations and their results are explained.
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