EU supports radioactive management of former chemical plant in Ukraine
December 3, 2021

EU supports radioactive management of former chemical plant in Ukraine


On 2 December, the European Union and the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine launched the third phase of the EU-funded project aiming to support the remediation of the former Pridniprovskyi Chemical Plant (PChP).

The project was initially launched in 2016 to improve safety at the site at Kamyanske,

as radioactively contaminated materials were widespread around the PChP, causing a threat to several state and private enterprises and around 600 workers located nearby.

The work, completed this November, has seen the establishment of five radiation-controlled areas within the site, the sealing of two highly contaminated buildings, and a design solution for the collection and temporary storage of radioactive materials from around the site, within one of the radiation-controlled areas. At a total cost of €3.5 million, the project has also supported the strengthening of Ukraine’s legal and regulatory framework, for the safe management of Uranium Legacy sites.

For the new phase, the European Commission has disbursed a further €5.7 million this September.

During the next four years, the project will develop a Radioactive Materials Management Plan, establish an interim safe storage and final disposal for radioactive materials located at the site, together with further strengthening of the legal and regulatory framework for Uranium Legacy Sites in Ukraine.

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