On 21st January 2019 a well-logging geophysical probe containing radioactive source was dropped to the bottom of a1800 m deep well near Pecs city, Hungary. The cause of the event was the break of the probe head due to material failure. The license holder responsible for handling the radioactive source and performing the well-logging probe informed the regulatory body about the event on 22nd January 2019. The successful retrieval of the sealed source was only possible on 6th February 2019, using a modified retrieval technology based on the approval and oversight of the regulatory body with the involvement of a subcontractor licensed for such an activity. The INES 1 level event (anomaly) had no consequences to the environment and to the public.
The delegation of the Moroccan Nuclear Regulatory Body – led by the Director General, Dr Khammar Mrabit, paid a visit to Hungary from 4 to 6 February, 2019. During the three-day program experts of the HAEA held several presentations about the activities of the Authority, the Hungarian nuclear programme, the regulations of radioactive waste management and radioactive waste storage facilities, the rules of nuclear safety (including authorization and inspections of research reactors), and the regulations of radiation protection.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has sent the final report on the IRRS Follow-up Mission to the HAEA, which is now available on our website.
22-23 January 2019 the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority hosted a workshop where Russian design organizations gave an update on current design activities related to the Paks II project.
WENRA’s Research Reactor ad-hoc Working Group (RRWG) had a meeting on 15-18 January, 2019 at the Headquarters of the HAEA. The RRWG was established to develop safety reference levels (RLs) for existing research reactors in order to aid greater harmonization within WENRA countries raising the level of nuclear safety in Europe by their implementation in the national regulatory framework in the field of research reactor safety. The meeting was attended by 14 participants from 10 European countries.