On September 25, the Corporation delegation took an active part in holding the seminar on the implementation of the European Commission project “Emergency measures on liquidation of the emergency condition of the industrial site of the former uranium production of the Pridneprovsky Chemical Plant (PCP) in Kamensky, Dnipropetrovsk region.
This enterprise was launched in 1948 and uranium for the first Soviet atomic bomb was obtained at its facilities. Uranium salts from uranium ores and their concentrates delivered from the republics of the USSR, the CMEA countries, France and Spain have been extracted there until 1991. A feature of the facility is that its activities took place in an atmosphere of special secrecy, and only in 2001 it became possible to obtain primary information about the environmental situation on the site. For the same reason, as of today there is no legal and technical documentation with respect to the management of radioactive waste generated during the period of its most active operation and storage in the so-called tailings at the territory of the enterprise. At the same time, the first such storages did not even have a special waterproofing protection and were located in the floodplain of the Dnieper.
In this way, a year ago, under the guidance of the European Commission, the project “Emergency measures on liquidation of the emergency condition of the industrial site of the former uranium production of the Pridneprovsky Chemical Plant” was launched. The project is funded for 3.5 million euros, and the consortium under the auspices of the Swedish company Facilia AB, which included the “Ukratominstruments” corporation, was established for its implementation.
The objective of the seminar held in September was to achieve one of the key objectives of this EU project, namely, training employees of enterprises located on the territory of the former PCP of the rules, methods and means of minimizing the harmful effects of radiation on the human body, which are still present on the industrial site of the former PCP. The leading speaker of the event was a Key expert of the “Facilia” consortium Eric Gaulle, who outlined the importance of the project, aimed primarily at ensuring the safety of the population of the region.
Experts Sergey Tomusyak and Alexander Pushkash were speakers on behalf of “Ukratominstruments” corporation. The presenters of the “Ukratominstruments” corporation noted the presence of a unique long-term practical experience of the Corporation’s specialists in the field of nuclear and radiation safety, in engineering support of large-scale and long-term projects to ensure nuclear safety of territories, first of all – in the exclusion zone of Chernobyl NPP. It was emphasized that these factors will be the key to provide the effective work of the entire Consortium, a guarantee of high-quality implementation of an international EU project and, ultimately, achieving the goals of a global improvement of the environmental situation in one of the problematic industrial regions of Ukraine.