Public consultations concerning the next Environmental Assessment of the Complex (consolidated) Safety Upgrade Program of Power Units of Nuclear Power Plants (CCSUP) took place in Yuzhnoukrainsk

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Public consultations concerning the scope specification of the next Environmental Assessment of the Complex (consolidated) Safety Upgrade Program of Power Units of Nuclear Power Plants (CCSUP) took place on July 6 in the Information Center of SS "South-Ukraine" NPP. In the discussion participated the experts of the directorate of SE NNEGC "Energoatom", SS "South-Ukraine" NPP, representatives of the public and the media of Yuzhnoukrainsk.

The aim of the next CCSUP Environmental Assessment is the reassessment of the impact on the environment during CCSUP implementation with regard to modifications made in CCSUP in  2012 - 2015, its measures, completed during that period, as well as the actual changes in the environmental situation and its monitoring procedures, which took place since the completion of the previous CCSUP EA.

Speaking at the meeting, Oleksandr Nemtsov, the Head of the Executive Directorate for NRS and Scientific and Technical Support  remarked: "The precondition for such a massive work is the ratification by the two Ukrainian laws of the Loan Agreements between EBRD, Euratom and SE NNEGC "Energoatom" in terms of granting loan funds in the amount of 600 million Euro to finance CCSUP measures. One of the conditions of these agreements is the Environmental and Social Action Plan, under which SE NNEGC "Energoatom" is to carry out the Environmental Assessment of CCSUP implementation every 5 years and bring its results to the public for consideration.

The Reporter informed that the first Environmental Assessment was performed in 2011 by an independent international team with the participation of the experts from the company "Poyry" (Finland, France, Switzerland and Germany), the Ukrainian Center of Environmental and Water Projects, and the company "AESKAR" (Ukraine). The work was carried out in accordance with the EBRD Environmental and Social Policy, environmental legislation of the European Union, and took into account the best world practices. CCSUP Environmental Assessment Report was publicly discussed and posted on the official web-site of SE NNEGC "Energoatom". It has had the State Ecological Expertise as well.

At present the scope of the next CCSUP Environmental Assessment is to be determined (the aspects to be analysed, elements of the environment, sources, types and factors of the impact, etc.). The next stage will be the conduct of a tender and the selection of a contractor to perform the service. SE NNEGC "Energoatom" is expecting the draft Environmental Assessment Report at the end of this year or at the beginning of the next one. According to the international experience, the report will also be submitted for public discussion with a parallel conducting of the State Ecological Expertise. The final approval of the document is scheduled for March. At the same time, similarly with the first report, it will be published on the website of the company.

The assessment of the CCSUP impacts on the environment will cover the following components: climate and micro climate, soils, air, geological environment, water environment,  flora and fauna, as well as protected objects. Radiation, non-radiation, chemical, thermal, electromagnetic, and acoustic impacts will be analysed within its framework. Besides, a possible impact of the CCSUP implementation in a transboundary context and activities in informing the bordering countries will be evaluated.

In his address to the attendees, Danylo Lavrenov, the Deputy Director of the External Information Communication Centre of SE NNEGC "Energoatom" highlighted that the South-Ukraine NPP is the last one among the nuclear sites where public consultations concerning the scope specification of the next CCSUP Environmental Assessment are held. He called for active cooperation and highlighted that all questions, proposals and comments of the public with full and complete answers of specialists will be studied and taken into account in the CCSUP EA final report. They can be provided during one month - until August 6, 2016. "We will welcome your proposals, because in fact these consultations are aimed at close cooperation with the active community, which is willing to contribute to the better implementation of the environmental assessment and, as the result, to the safety upgrade of Ukrainian NPPs", said Danylo Lavrenov.