Construction of the National Disposal Facility for Radioactive waste – two years after launch


August 29, 2019 marks exactly two years since the first sod for the construction of the National Storage Facility  for Low- and Intermediate-Level Short-lived Radioactive Waste (NDF) *. The facility is being constructed at the Radiana site, in the two-kilometer controlled access zone of Kozloduy NPP.

The construction is being implemented according to an approved technical design, which has been developed on the basis of the world’s leading experience in the construction of similar facilities by a consortium of specialized European companies.

The national operator for radioactive waste management – State Enterprise “Radioactive Waste” maintains active dialogue with the public and non-governmental organizations and informs about every significant stage of the project.

The first phase of the disposal facility, which will accommodate the waste from decommissioning of Kozloduy Units 1-4, is co-financed by the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF), administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The KIDSF is funded by the European Union, as well as by the contributors to the KIDSF – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Representatives of the EBRD and the European Commission are closely monitoring the progress of the project.

In this regard, all allegations in the public space of Dr. Georgi Kaschiev regarding the course of the project, including the suspension of the financing of NDF, are absolutely unfounded.

The national disposal facility is being built on the most modern technologies and in accordance with the most stringent requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency. With the construction of NDF Bulgaria will be among the advanced countries that operate disposal facilities for low- and intermediate level short-lived radioactive waste and will fulfil the debt of the state to the society for safe and sustainable management of this type of waste.