Contact Expert Group


Minutes of the Fourteenth CEG Meeting

(Vienna, Austria, 9 - 11 April 2002)

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The 14th meeting of the Contact Expert Group (CEG) for International Radwaste Projects in the Russian Federation*/ took place on 9-10 April 2002 in IAEA, Vienna, Austria. The meeting was attended by 67 participants from 10 countries, 6 international organizations and the European Commission.

The meeting considered three topical issues, namely:

 

  1. Major provisions of RF State Policy in the area of SNF and radwaste management.
  2. Remediation of SNF and Radwaste storage site at Andreeva Bay.
  3. The CEG organizational and financial matters.

In addition the following presentations were made and received with interest:

 

  1. Welcoming statement by Mr. V.Mourogov, Deputy Director General, IAEA.

     

  2. IAEA ongoing programmes in the area of radioactive waste and SNF management by Mr. M.Bell, IAEA.

     

  3. Project on Rehabilitation of Murmansk RADON Centre - Status of organization
    by Mr. J.O.Snihs, SSI, Sweden.

     

  4. Construction of a repository for solid radioactive waste at Novaya Zemlya - Plans for the next stage of international cooperation by Mr. J.Krone, DBA, Germany.

     

  5. Presentation of new ISTC projects in the area of radiation safety by Mr. U.Meyer, ISTC.

     

  6. Nuclear Window of the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership Support Fund - Major activities and organization by Mr. V.Novak, EBRD.

Major provisions of RF State Policy in the area of SNF and radwaste management

Vice Minister V.Lebedev, Minatom of Russia presented major provisions of the RF State Policy in the area of radwaste and SNF management and main results achieved in 2001 in implementation of the integrated program on decommissioning of RF submarines. He mentioned that significant progress is reached, including:

Main problem in management of solid radwaste produced during submarine decommissioning now is storage of reactor compartments (RC) in the bays since this poses threat to the marine environment. On-land storage is to be constructed at Sayda Bay, and international assistance is needed for this project since the total cost of the facility is high.

The basic problems in SNF management during decommissioning of submarines have been solved and now the main priority is remediation of SNF storage at Andreeva Bay.

Remediation of SNF and Radwaste storage site at Andreeva Bay

The following presentations were given under this agenda item:

  1. Main results of activities in 2001 by Mr. A.Grigoryev, SevRAO, RF
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  3. Concept of remediation the facilities by Mr. V.Shishkin, ENTEK, RF
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  5. Main cooperative activities on establishment of infrastructure by Mr. H.Rotler, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
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  7. Feasibility studies on SNF management and remediation of SNF dry storage units by Mr. V.Aden, ENTEK, RF
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  9. Organization of the project on SNF management feasibility study by Mr. P.Pennell-Buck, DTI, UK
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  11. Feasibility studies on management of solid and liquid radwaste and reduction of risk to the environment by Mr. A.Vasilyev, ICES, RF
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  13. Planned support to project on solid radwaste management feasibility study
    by Mr. C.Bergman, SIP, Sweden
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  15. Planned support to project on improvement of physical protection by Mr. L.Van Dassen, SNNAP, Sweden and Ms. A.Sorlie, NRPA, Norway
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  17. Planned support to project on improvement of radiation protection by Mr. J.O.Snihs, SSI, Sweden, Ms. A.Sorlie, NRPA, Norway and Mr. R.Patlemaa, STUK, Finland
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  19. International Consortium for Design and Construction of Protection Buildings against Nuclear Radiation, Emission of Dangerous Materials and Attack from Environment by Mr.K.H.Lindackers, ATI Consortium

As a result of detailed discussions it was defined that the situation in the Andreeva Bay is critical and it is getting worse, therefore, urgent improvements are needed. Due consideration of present conditions and requirements should be given during selection of the best and the most efficient options for improvement measures. For this reason some "paper work" should be performed for the feasibility studies on management of SNF and radwaste during this year so that some practical activities could be initiated in 2003.

First task is to establish necessary conditions for work of the personnel on site and create engineering infrastructure. Some actions on this task will be implemented this year, and Norway is taking lead in the infrastructure projects. Improvement of radiation protection system will be supported by Norway, Sweden and Finland, and upgrading of the physical protection will be done with support of Sweden, Norway and USA.

Sweden is taking the lead in support of the feasibility studies on management of solid radwaste, and UK will lead the project on feasibility studies on management of SNF. Mr.V.Shishkin, scientific coordinator of the Andreeva Bay remediation program, should be contacted by the Western leaders on these projects in order to identify follow up actions.

After presentation of ATI International Consortium on remediation of Building No. 5 it was decided that Russian side will present current situation on Building No.5 and then international group of technical experts should be established to discuss and review possible options and decide how to proceed.

The CEG's organizational and financial matters

The CEG noted some progress in resolution of International Agreements in the area of environmental safety improvement:

 

After presentation of ATI International Consortium on remediation of Building No. 5 it was decided that Russian side will present current situation on Building No.5 and then international group of technical experts should be established to discuss and review possible options and decide how to proceed.

Noting that currently cooperative activities are conducted under different multi-lateral and bi-lateral agreements and a new umbrella agreements will be in effect soon, further coordination of these projects is necessary in order to eliminate overlapping and duplication, concentrate resources on major priorities and thus increase the efficiency of international cooperation. Since this is the main task of the CEG, it was agreed that a special coordinating unit (group) with the above mentioned objectives should be established under the CEG and will report to the CEG. Mandate, terms and conditions of this unit should be discussed at the next CEG meeting, and the CEG parties should send specific proposals on this topic to the Executive Secretary by 10 September 2002.

The CEG:

 


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