Belarus reported to IAEA on spent fuel and radioactive waste management
Belarus’ new national report on implementation of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management was presented at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna as part of the 7th review meeting of the contracting parties – as informed by the Energy Ministry in its Telegram channel
The Belarusian delegation included representatives of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor), the Energy Ministry and the National Academy of Sciences.
The report – prepared by Gosatomnadzor, the Energy Ministry and other interested state bodies – presents data on the state policy in the field of spent fuel and radioactive waste management in Belarus, practical measures for its implementation, including formation of an appropriate regulatory framework, training, and interaction on a systematic basis with leading international organisations, including IAEA. In addition, the document reports on Belarus’ implementation of the recommendations following the previous report’s review.
Within the framework of the plenary sessions held in Vienna and the country groups’ work, Belarus' progress was recognised in the field of building a national policy on the management of spent fuel and radioactive waste of its nuclear power plant under construction, implementation of key tasks regarding management of radioactive waste in programme and industry documents.
"Belarus’ experience has aroused interest both in terms of already implemented practices and in matters of strategic planning," the Energy Ministry noted.