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SERAW received positive assessment from MEW for EIAR of the National Depository

19.02.2015

The updated EIAR completely reflects the modern European requirements for protection of the environment, the life and the health of people and ensures the highest safety levels during the implementation of the project at Radian site, near Kozloduy.

The State Enterprise Radioactive Waste received an approval from the Ministry of Environment and Waters for the submitted Environmental Impact Assessment Report for National Depository project. With her letter from 9 February 2015, Mrs Ivelina Vasileva, Minister of Environment and Waters informed SERAW’s Executive Director Mr Dilyan Petrov, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Health Care and the mayors of municipalities in the area, that the Ministry gives positive assessment of the EIAR for the project. The report includes some amendments which are consistent with the current requirements of the Bulgarian legislation. The survey reflects the new European requirements to the protection of the environment, the life and the health of the people and ensures highest safety level during the implementation of the project at Radiana site near Kozloduy. The information, provided in the Report, is “complete, without gaps and weaknesses” and the report was prepared “in compliance with the requirements to its content”, the letter from MEW says.
The second procedure for EIA of the investment proposal for NDF on behalf of SERAW was initiated in order to incorporate and correct the comments, formulated in the Decision of the Supreme Administrative Court on the previous procedure. Within the framework of the renewed procedure consultation on the assessment scope were carried out with more than 90 stakeholders. These consultations were considered in the updated terms of references for the scope and the content of the environmental impact assessment. The updated Environmental Impact Assessment Report includes a lot of newly acquired information.
Having in mind the public interest to SERAW’s project for NDF, MEW defines that public consultations for the EIAR shall be organised in the municipalities of Kozloduy and Hurlets, as well as Mizia, Valchedrum, Hayredin, Oriahovo, Borovan, Lom, Krivodol, Boychinovtsi and Biala Slatina. Before that, SERAW will meet all the requirements and will provide the whole information on the EIAR for public access and will inform the local communities for the time, date and the place for the public consultations in the legally established way.
National Disposal Facility is a project of national importance and is part of the updated National Strategy for management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste till 2030, adopted by the Council of Ministers on 5 January 2011. The Strategy is an engagement of the government to the European Commission. With the construction of the NDF Bulgaria will become one of the countries which operate disposal facilities for low and intermediate active short-lived radioactive waste and will comply with the IAEA parameters for sustainable management of this type of waste. The project for NDF shall be financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and KIDSF.
The NDF at Radiana site is an ecological facility with multi-barrier protection for permanent storage of preliminary treated, safe and packed in concrete cubes low and intermediate radioactive waste. The storage will be of near-surface trench type with capacity of 138 200 m3. It will consist of several concrete modules, dug into the ground and separated by chambers’ partition walls. After they are filled up, the chambers shall be covered with concrete slabs and insulated from atmospheric water multi-layered landfill cover. During the whole operational period of the National Depository Facility there will be carried out strict control of the incoming radioactive waste, radiation control and monitoring of the depository’s site and the environment. The National Disposal Facility will be the newest and most modern facility of this type in Europe. In its environmental performance it will compete with the similar facility, built in Hornachuelos National Park in Spain.

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