Activities

04.12.2017

Energoatom held transboundary consultations on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Zaporizhzhya NPP and South Ukraine NPP in frames of performing the Espoo Convention procedures

Energoatom held transboundary consultations on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Zaporizhzhya NPP and South Ukraine NPP in frames of performing the Espoo Convention procedures On November 24, 2017 in the Aarhus Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Ecology jointly with SE NNEGC “Energoatom” representatives and with participation of the institutes that develop the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Reports of Zaporizhzhya NPP and South Ukraine NPP, as well as of independent Ukrainian experts, held transboundary consultations in line with procedures of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) with representatives of interested foreign countries.

Early 2017, the Company has sent a non-technical summary of ZNPP and SUNPP EIA materials to the Ministry of Ecology as the competent authority for the Espoo Convention implementation in Ukraine, sections “Transboundary Impact” of  EIA materials, as well as a notice on the scheduled activities according to Espoo Convention article 3.

The stakeholders were informed of the transboundary consultations regarding EIA outcomes. In the period specified in the notice and beyond it, Ukraine received responses on participation in the transboundary consultations supplemented with comments from the following eight states:  Austria, Romania, Slovak Republic, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Hungary, Republic of Belarus and Germany.

The Ukrainian Party prepared substantiated answers to all comments and questions received, which were sent, in their turn, to the stakeholders in the period from August to October 2017.

Invitations to take part in the expert consultations and public hearings, in line with Espoo Convention article 5, were sent end October 2017 to all the above Affected Parties. Representatives of three countries, Romania, Poland and Moldova, took part in the mentioned activities.

In the course of the meeting in frames of the transboundary consultations, the Company experts, representatives of the institutes that develop the EIA Reports and the Ukrainian experts enlightened the attendees with the main conclusions of ZNPP and SUNPP operation environmental impact assessment and provided exhaustive replies to stakeholders’ questions, including those referred to nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear accidents, radiation monitoring, spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management. V.V.Ivanov, ZNPP Deputy Chief Engineer for modernisation and resource management, I.V.Kravchenko, SUNPP Deputy Chief Engineer for lifetime extension, technology and engineering and other experts from the plants, the Company Directorate and invited experts of the Ukrainian scientific institutions have given comprehensive professional technical replies to those questions.

Performance of the environmental impact assessment of the operated Zaporizhzhya NPP and South Ukraine NPP power units is solely the initiative of Energoatom, which makes a good practice and evidences to the openness, responsibility and enhanced attention to the safety matters on the Company’s part. One has to highlight that Ukraine became the only country in Europe, which implemented successfully the joint project “Ukraine-EC-IAEA” for complex safety assessment of all Ukrainian NPP power units, where 63 international experts from 20 countries of the world took part. None of the European countries has undergone such a grand-scale inspection regarding safety of NPP power units so far.

To sum up the meeting, Energoatom proposed that the international representatives would visit any Ukrainian NPP to make sure of their high safety level with their own eyes.

We would like to remind that all reporting information regarding Zaporizhzhya NPP and South Ukraine NPP environmental impact assessment is available for public access on their official web sites in Russian and English:

SS ZNPP: Document 1, Document 2.

SS SUNPP: Document 1, Document 2.

and also at the site of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine by the following link: link



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