Rostechnadzor and Ministry of Emergencies of the Republic of Belarus Have Signed Cooperation AgreementOn December 20, 2013, Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service and the Ministry of Emergencies of the Republic of Belarus signed the agreement on cooperation in the field of nuclear and radiation safety regulation in peaceful use of atomic energy. For Rostechnadzor, the agreement was signed by Acting Chairman Alexey Ferapontov, and for the Ministry of Emergencies of Belarus by Olga Lugovskaya, head of the Department for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (Gosatomnadzor of Belarus).
Under the agreement, the Parties will cooperate in the following areas within their competence:
- development of the regulatory and legal framework in the field of nuclear and radiation safety;
- licensing of activities in peaceful use of atomic energy;
- supervision and control, including preparation and implementation of inspection programmes, supervision of accounting and control of nuclear material, nuclear substance and radwaste, and supervision of physical protection of the nuclear installations, radiation sources, storage facilities, nuclear material and radioactive substance;
- safety regulation in radwaste and spent fuel management, including transportation and safe storage;
- assessment of performance of the nuclear plants, plans and actions aimed to enhancing their safety;
- emergency preparedness and emergency response;
- training of the regulatory body's staff; etc.
During the signing ceremony, Alexei Ferapontov noted that Rostechnadzor is ready to share experience with the Byelorussian counterparts and provide comprehensive support as appropriate. So, the Byelorussian specialists took part in the inspection of a capital construction facility (construction supervision) such as Novovoronezh NPP-2 conducted by Rostechnadzor in September 2013.
Prior to signing the agreement, the nuclear and radiation safety authorities of Russia and Belarus cooperated on the basis of the agreement made between Gosatomnadzor of Russia and the State Committee of the Republic of Belarus on safe conduct of work in industry and atomic energy, which was concluded in 1994. The changes to the regulatory systems of the two countries which have taken place since that time, as well as the intergovernmental arrangements for construction of the first NPP in the territory of Belarus made for signing of the new interagency agreement.