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National plan of action on Belarusian nuclear power plant stress tests published

Society 16.08.2019 | 17:45

MINSK, 16 August (BelTA) – A national action plan in the wake of stress tests of the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been published on the website of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor), BelTA has learned.

The document contains a list of measures designed to enhance the safety level of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The action plan was compiled in the wake of stress tests of the nuclear power plant and a peer review of the results of the tests. The peer review was performed by the Belarusian side together with the European Commission represented by the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) in 2017-2018.

To compile the national action plan, the authors took into account the current stage of construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, real capabilities of the organization in charge of operating the facility, and the priority of taking measures from the point of view of ensuring safety. Recommendations and proposals made by European Union experts and public organizations were taken into account.

Apart from the measures the document contains a massive descriptive part. It summarizes results of an analysis of extreme weather phenomena and their combinations, which may affect the safety of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The document also contains evaluations of safety margins of the nuclear power plant's design and the emergency response organization.

Measures listed by the national action plan are supposed to be fulfilled in 2019-2025, which corresponds to the European practice of implementing national action plans in the wake of stress testing a nuclear power plant. The work to implement the measures has already begun, including as part of the procedure to license the operation of the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.

Reports on executing the national action plan are supposed to be published periodically.

The stress tests represented a one-time unscheduled evaluation of the resilience of the Belarusian nuclear power plant towards extreme weather phenomena and their combinations in the context of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. In the course of the stress tests the available safety margins were evaluated in comparison with requirements of the national legislation in compliance with IAEA standards.

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