The IAEA and Rostechnadzor International Workshop began its work
The International Workshop on Regulatory Control of Nuclear Legacy Sites and Radioactive Waste Management organized jointly by the IAEA and Rostechnadzor began its work on November 19 in Moscow.
Alexey Ferapontov, Deputy Chairman of Rostechnadzor, addressed the workshop participants with a welcoming speech. He expressed his gratitude to the IAEA for its contribution to examination of such an actual issue as safety regulation of the nuclear legacy sites and pointed out the significance of this international event for the Russian party.
"As part of the federal target programme "Ensuring Nuclear and Radiation Safety in 2008 and for the Period up to 2015", we are about to complete our work on determination of facilities covered by the term "nuclear legacy", evaluation of the current conditions of such facilities, their ranking by hazard degree, types of property, departmental belonging and other properties, as well as development of general approaches to strategic planning of legacy-related actions for the period up to 2015", Alexey Ferapontov noted.
John Rowat, Head of Decommissioning & Remediation Unit – Waste and Environmental Safety Section of the IAEA thanked Rostechnadzor and FMBA of Russia for providing a venue for the workshop. According to him, the IAEA is reviewing its safety standards. He said that they would be able to reflect the ideas expressed during the workshop in the safety standards.
This event taking place in Moscow is the third from a series of IAEA workshops on this subject matter (the previous two took place in the United States and Canada). Its purpose is to share information and experience in the area of safety regulation of the nuclear legacy sites and radwaste management, as well as to inform about the current or prospective activities associated with remediation of the contaminated sites/territories in IAEA Member States, including the relevant national policies, approaches and regulatory legal frameworks.