March 2018 - SSTC NRS

Eurosafe NEWS

Dear friends,

The long and snowy winter is over and all trees will be covered with the fresh green foliage very soon. The nature awakes to start a new annual cycle. In spring, many people from all over the world celebrate Easter, which symbolizes not only the Christ resurrection, but also the renewal and revival of the nature and goodness. May the warm spring sunrays bring the joy and the goodness to your hearts!

Today we are pleased to present you the new EUROSAFE Forum Newsletter. In this edition you will find information about the current issues of nuclear safety in Ukraine, the Ukrainian nuclear fuel diversification experience and overcoming monopoly in nuclear sphere. Also, we would like to present you an exclusive interview about the Chornobyl Radiation and Environmental Biosphere Reserve which has practically became a giant open-air laboratory.

Ihor Shevchenko
Director of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety

“Russian Nuclear Garrote: Get Free Once and Forever”, Ihor Shevchenko, SSTC NRS Director, in his exclusive interview for Dzerkalo Tyzhnia

Dependence on Russia in nuclear energy has been practically reduced to zero.

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.


Westinghouse to Supply Nuclear Fuel to 7 of 15 Ukrainian Nuclear Power Units Beginning 2021

Westinghouse Electric Company and Energoatom Company have recently signed a new nuclear fuel contract extension. The contract expands cooperation and is intended for supply of Westinghouse fuel to seven of the fifteen Ukrainian nuclear power units beginning from 2021.


Joint Meeting of SNRIU and SAEZ Public Councils Conducted

On 30 January 2018, a joint meeting of the Public Councils under the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) and the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAEZ) was held. The agenda included four topics common for these two authorities.


Radiation Monitoring Systems Detected Iodine-131 Isotope in Air

Increase in the volumetric activity of iodine-131 (131I) radionuclide within the range from 2.1 to 3.3 µBq/m3 at an acceptable concentration of 4 Bq/m3 was detected in air samples taken from 18 to 25 February 2018 by the automated radiation monitoring systems in Chornobyl, Dytiatky, Naftobaza, VRP-750.


Happy Easter

SSTC NRS Joined Factory Acceptance Testing of Centralized SFSF Equipment

In February 2018, representatives of the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) participated in the factory acceptance testing of equipment of the Centralized Spent Fuel Storage Facility (Centralized SFSF). The testing was carried out at the Holtec Manufacturing Division (HMD) in Monroeville (Pennsylvania, USA).


SNRIU Chairman Handed License for Operation of Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities

On 13 February, representatives of the SNRIU headed by Hryhorii Plachkov, SNRIU Chairman, participated in the meeting of the Board of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAEZ) held on Chornobyl NPP site. The meeting purpose was to sum up activities of exclusion zone enterprises in 2017.


SSTC NRS Director about 30th Annual Regulatory Information Conference

On 13-15 March 2018, the 30th Annual Regulatory Information Conference (RIC) was held in Bethesda (USA). Ihor Shevchenko, SSTC NRS Director, participated in the Conference as a part of the Ukrainian delegation.


IAEA: Ukraine Completely Fulfills Agreement on Application of Safeguards in Connection with Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

The IAEA Secretariat sent statements on inspection results for nuclear facilities in Ukraine under the Agreement between Ukraine and the IAEA on the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine through official channels.


Chornobyl Radiation and Environmental Biosphere Reserve — Unique Natural Environment

The matter of establishing a reserved area in the Chornobyl exclusion zone has been brought up by scientists and the public for years. A number of working meetings has been conducted since 2013 with participation of the National Ecological Center of Ukraine, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and other organizations to address the establishment of a biosphere reserve. Finally, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed an associated Decree in 2016.


Joint Annual NUGENIA Forum and Nuclear Days 2018

10 - 12 April 2018
at Prague, Czech Republic

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European Clearinghouse 10-year Anniversary Conference and Annual Meeting

18 - 20 April 2018
at Amsterdam, Netherlands

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ASTEC: Accident Source Term Evaluation Code

ENSTTI, the professional training and tutoring institute to transfer the knowledge and the knowhow of the European Nuclear Safety Organizations, offers a 5-day-training on

11 - 15 June 2018 in Aix-en-Provence, France

The training is intended to professionals, engineers and scientists involved in NPP safety analysis and related especially to severe accidents.
The objective of the training is to provide a basic understanding of the ASTEC software capabilities and its application in reactor accident source term assessment and severe accident management.
Knowledge of severe accident phenomenology and an experience on running computer codes is required.

Deadline for participants from European countries: 11 May 2018
The training is limited to 20 participants. So don’t be late and register now at the enstti website...



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