Scientists from the University of Stirling (UK) arrived on a working visit to the “lab of the open air”, as is often called the Exclusion Zone, within the framework of the international project TREE (Transfer – Exposure – Effects), aimed at assessing the risks of exposure to man and the environment by ionizing radiation.
The Central Analytical laboratory of SSE “EcoCenter” began the conduction of hydrochemical monitoring
The environmental monitoring of water bodies in the Exclusion Zone cannot be considered complete without hydrochemical indicators of water quality.
A special section concerning the hydrochemical monitoring was added to the Regulations of the State Specialized Enterprise "Ecocentre" on radiation-environmental monitoring and radiation-dosimetry control on the territory of the Exclusion Zone and the zone of absolute (obligatory) resettlement for the period 2017-2021 (hereinafter - the Regulation).
An international expert group develops a guideline document for forest fire station workers in the Exclusion Zone
The meeting of the international expert group was held within the framework of the Fourth National Coordination Meeting on the Improvement of the Prevention and Extinguishing of Forest Fires in the Exclusion Zone on July, 3-5 2017 in Chornobyl. The meeting took place with the involvement of representatives from the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM), the SAUEZM management enterprises (State Enterprise COTIS, SSE "Pivnichna Pushcha", SSE "EcoCenter", SSE "CEMRW", SSE "Chornobyl Special Combine"), State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU), Eleventh State Firefighting Unit (Chornobyl) of the Head Department of the SESU in the Kyiv Region, the Chornobyl NPP Police Division, Regional East European Fire Monitoring Center / National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv), the Ukrainian Research Institute of Civil Protection (URICP) and US Forest Service.
State Enterprise “NNEGC Energoatom” received from the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine a license for the construction and commissioning of the Centralized Storage for spent nuclear fuel
On July 6, 2017, Borys Stolyarchuk, the Head of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU), presented to Yuriy Nedashkovsky, the President of the State Enterprise "NNEGC Energoatom" a license for the construction and commissioning of the Centralized Storage for spent nuclear fuel (CSSNF) at the Exclusion Zone.
The functions of organization of visiting the Exclusion Zone by official delegations, representatives of mass media, business and scientific circles, public organizations, individual domestic and foreign citizens are performed by the State Enterprise “Center for Organizational, Technical and Information Support of the Exclusion Zone” (SE “COTIS”).
Scientists from Ukraine and Norway continue cooperative radioecological research in the Exclusion Zone
The domestic scientists and the participants of the international training course «United Ukrainian-Norwegian Education Program in the field of environment radioactivity» made the working visit to the Exclusion Zone, according to cooperative project of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, June 21 - 24, 2017.
An Assembly of Contributors to the Chornobyl Fund “Shelter” and donors to the Nuclear Safety Account was held in London
From July 5 to 7, 2017, the Assembly of Contributors to the Chornobyl Fund “Shelter” and donors to the Nuclear Safety Account took place at the London Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
The issue of reacting to fire, the readiness of the Exclusion Zone for fire hazard period in 2017 and the provision of radiation safety were announced during the briefing with the participation of Vitalii Petruk, Head of SAUEZM, and Serhiy Kireyev, Chief Executive Officer of the SSE “Ecocentre”. The event was attended by representatives of more than 20 media outlets.
Ukrainian specialists took over the world’s best practices for handling solid and liquid low-level waste
On June 19-23, the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management hosted a seminar on best practices for processing, conditioning and storage of low-level waste. The IAEA experts and Ukrainian specialists from the Ukrainian State Corporation “Radon” gathered at the capital for the exchange of scientific and technical achievements and experience in radioactive waste (RW) management. The main goal of this event is to determine the most effective methods for low-level RW management. The theoretical foundations and practical experience of European countries were considered as well. The participants of the seminar stressed on the necessity to create separate storage facilities for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste in Ukraine and the use of European experience while assessing the safety of these storage facilities.