National Registers of Radioactive Sources Planned to Maintain Among CIS Member States

National Registers of Radioactive Sources Planned to Maintain Among CIS Member States

In Armenia, it is planned to maintain national registers of radioactive sources in order to coordinate and make transparent the transfer of radioactive sources between the CIS member states, as Hakob Vardanyan, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia, informed the Standing Committee on Regional and Eurasian Integration of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on January 12, 2021.

This work will be carried out within the framework of “Agreement on Informational Cooperation between the Member States of Commonwealth of Independent States on Transfer of Radioactive Sources”, which was unanimously ratified by the members of the Committee.

According to Hakob Vardanyan, the parties to the agreement should assist each other in detecting violations of the rules of transportation of radioactive sources, should introduce a procedure for classification of radioactive sources - an accounting system. "In order to implement the provisions of the agreement, the parties should appoint authorized bodies, which will develop a common procedure and forms for the exchange of information, as well as the installation of the necessary hardware and software," he said. There will be no exchange of information considered a state secret in this area.

Committee member, MP Alexei Sandikov noted that another agreement on hazardous waste was ratified last year. In response, Hakob Vardanyan said that the previous agreement referred to hazardous waste, which did not refer to the first- class waste of the nuclear power plant, but to other radioactive sources, which are mainly generated in hospitals.

"We do not transport any radioactive waste of the nuclear power plant from the Republic of Armenia, including used nuclear fuel, which remains here. The liquid-solid wastes generated during the operation of the nuclear power plant are recycled and stored in a radioactive waste protection and management company of the Republic of Armenia, which does all this for free of charge with the financing of the state budget," he said.

It should be noted that “Agreement on Informational Cooperation between the Member States of Commonwealth of Independent States on Transfer of Radioactive Sources” was signed on June 7, 2016.

January 14, 2021 at 15:20