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NEA report considers long-term management of severe accidents

NEA report considers long-term management of severe accidents

Many challenges have to be faced in maintaining safety over the long term in a damaged nuclear power plant following a severe accident, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency notes in a new status report. The report reviews knowledge and experience gained through long-term management of the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi accidents, by identifying and ranking main issues and knowledge gaps. It also reviews the existing regulations and guidance, practices, technical bases and issues regarding long-term management of a severely damaged nuclear site.

Regulation & Safety 06 May 2021


Moving on from Chernobyl

Moving on from Chernobyl

Thirty-five years on from the Chernobyl accident, Ukraine and the International Atomic Energy Agency have highlighted their commitment to cooperation in nuclear power. Meanwhile Ukraine’s nuclear regulator has launched the start of operations at a new storage facility for used nuclear fuel at the Chernobyl site.  

Regulation & Safety 27 April 2021


Ukraine loads more RBMK fuel into Interim Storage Facility

Ukraine loads more RBMK fuel into Interim Storage Facility

Holtec International has announced that the second double-walled canister had been loaded with RBMK reactor used nuclear fuel into the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site’s Interim Storage Facility in Ukraine yesterday.

Waste & Recycling 15 December 2020


First assemblies loaded into new Chernobyl used fuel store

First assemblies loaded into new Chernobyl used fuel store

The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

Waste & Recycling 19 November 2020


EBRD concludes Chernobyl Shelter Fund after almost 24 years

EBRD concludes Chernobyl Shelter Fund after almost 24 years

The Chernobyl Shelter Fund has officially been completed after receiving non-objection for closure by the assembly of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The London-headquartered bank set up the CSF in 1997 to assist Ukraine in making the site of the temporary shelter over Chernobyl's destroyed reactor 4 stable and environmentally safe. The New Safe Confinement also aims to create the conditions for the eventual dismantling and decommissioning of the contaminated structure.

Regulation & Safety 22 October 2020


IAEA equips Belarus with mobile radiation monitoring lab

IAEA equips Belarus with mobile radiation monitoring lab

The International Atomic Energy Agency has provided Belarus with a mobile laboratory for assessing radiological threats associated with forest fires in the Polessie State Radio-Ecological Reserve, adjacent to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Recent fires in the exclusion zone did not lead to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles.

Regulation & Safety 28 May 2020


Chernobyl forest fires pose no health risk from radiation, says IAEA

Chernobyl forest fires pose no health risk from radiation, says IAEA

The recent fires in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have not led to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on 24 April. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has regularly provided information on the fires through the IAEA's Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies.

Regulation & Safety 27 April 2020


Ukrainian President reassured of end to forest fire

Ukrainian President reassured of end to forest fire

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine needs a "few more days" to extinguish the smouldering remnants of a fire "in and around" the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the head of organisation, Mykola Chechotkin, told President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a daily conference call today. According to a statement from the President's Office, Zelenskyy has been receiving daily updates on the situation.

Energy & Environment 14 April 2020


Ukraine confirms no change to radiation levels from forest fire

Ukraine confirms no change to radiation levels from forest fire

A forest fire on the western tip of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has not affected background radiation levels, state authorities said today.

Energy & Environment 06 April 2020


Engineers publish new research on meltdown materials

Engineers publish new research on meltdown materials

Engineers at the UK's University of Sheffield have developed materials that they say could be used to help decommission the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants. In the new research published today, they report their development of small batches of low radioactivity materials that can be used to simulate lava-like fuel containing materials. LFCMs are a mixture of highly radioactive molten nuclear fuel and building materials that fuse together during a nuclear meltdown.

Regulation & Safety 30 January 2020