Nuclear accident response system has been proposed to be implemented within CIS

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02 November, 2018, 16:07 220
Nuclear accident response system has been proposed to be implemented within CIS

The agreement specifies in detail the algorithm of actions in case one of the participating countries needs assistance in a nuclear or radiological emergency.

 

The CIS countries submitted for consideration an agreement on interaction and preparedness for a nuclear accident or a radiation emergency, and mutual assistance. It was announced at the meeting of the Council of the heads of government of the Commonwealth of Independent States by Deputy Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom Nikolai Spasskiy, BNews.kz correspondent reports.

The agreement specifies in detail the algorithm of actions in case one of the participating countries needs assistance in a nuclear or radiological emergency.

“Today, issues on an emergency response agreement and a reclamation program are on the agenda. On the first issue, atomic power units, research facilities, uranium are being exploited and constructed in the Commonwealth countries, nuclear sources are produced, radioactive sources are widely used. Nuclear materials and radioactive sources regularly move across the borders of the Commonwealth states. However, there is not a unified emergency response system. This is wrong, strictly speaking. Firstly, given the current use of atomic energy and cooperation in this area, such a system is really needed. Secondly, the existence of such a system stems from international conventions on prompt notification and assistance in case of a nuclear accident," said Nikolai Spasskiy.

The representative of the Russian company noted that there are documents that, God grant, will never be in demand and the agreement, which is being submitted today for consideration by the Council, belongs specifically to this category. But in order that this agreement is never required, it must be and must be worked out all the mechanisms that are provided for them.

"What are the novelties in this agreement? Specially authorized bodies will be defined in all CIS countries. Based on the IAEA recommendations, unified notification forms will be developed. In the case of a request, assistance is determined expeditiously, an assistance group is formed with the necessary special equipment and devices. The requesting country provides the group priority entry. Based on the Russian practice, if the pre-clear all work procedures, such a group can come to the site within 24 hours, and even more quickly once the request has been received," he said. 

Nore Astana holds the session of the Council of the heads of government of the Commonwealth of Independent States.