Delegations of Slovakia and Austria met to discuss current issues of nuclear safety and radiation protection.
Regular bilateral meeting with representatives of Slovakia and Austria was held from 25th to 26th June in Laa an der Thaya (Austria) according to agreement between both governments on issues of common interest in connection with nuclear safety and radiation protection.
Slovakia has nine nuclear power reactors at two sites (Bohunice, Mochovce): 3 units are in decommissioning, four units are in operation and two units under construction. Slovakia has no other fuel cycle facilities or research reactors. As of 2010, nuclear power contributed 50.7 percent of the country’s electricity production.
Slovakia also has a central interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel, a centre for waste treatment and a national repository for low and intermediate activity radioactive waste.
Participants of the meeting included representatives of four relevant Austrian ministries, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) governments of Vienna and four states (Bundesländer), as well as representatives of Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Slovak Republic (ÚJD), two ministries and three companies operating in nuclear industry – Slovenské elektrárne, JAVYS and JESS.
They focused on legislation of legislation applied in the area of use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, radiation monitoring, emergency preparedness and proper management of radioactive waste. The attendess also discussed results of stress tests carried out at two nuclear power plants (NPPs) in Mochovce and Jaslovské Bohunice in accordance to common Europe-wide criteria. These followed as a reaction to the nuclear accident in Fukushima in March 2011.
Members of Austrian delegation were interested particularly in construction of units 3 and 4 in Mochovce, the state of safety at power plants being in operation, severe accident management programme, and feasibility study of realization of a new NPP which is planned to be built in Bohunice.
They also debated the results of recent follow-up OSART mission of Bohunice NPP. The review covered the areas of Management, Organisation and Administration; Operations; Maintenance; Technical Support; Operating Experience; Radiation Protection; Chemistry; and Long Term Operation. The conclusions of the follow-up review are based on the IAEA's Safety Standards and proven good international practices.
Of the 19 issues identified at the OSART mission in 2010, it was evaluated by the follow-up team that 9 of these issues had been resolved, 10 issues had made satisfactory progress to date and there was no issue with insufficient progress of resolution.