Chris Dijkens, independent expert as the team leader of the EPREV mission summarises first week experiences.
The delegation of nine internationally recognized experts, invited by the International Atomic Energy Agency, has started the review of nuclear emergency preparedness in Hungary. The official opening meeting was held at the National Directorate General for Disaster Management, Ministry of the Interior (NDGDM) in Budapest on June 13, 2016. During the two-week Emergency Preparedness Review Service (EPREV) mission the experts will review the respective Hungarian legislation, visit all the nuclear facilities and radioactive waste repositories as well as some institutions using radioactive sources in the country. They will also make interviews with staff working in organizations involved in nuclear emergency response and emergency management. At the end of the mission, the experts will prepare a report on the results of the review, in which in addition to recommendations and suggestions aiming at improving the national system, good practices will also be identified and thus Hungarian knowledge and experience could be utilized on the international level. The tasks associated with the two-week mission will be coordinated by the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority in close cooperation with the National Directorate General for Disaster Management, Ministry of the Interior.
After the usual annual bilateral meeting in October 2015, Austria put several further questions to Hungary concerning the planned new reactor units of Paks NPP, so as a follow-up to the one in October last year, an extraordinary bilateral meeting was held on 19 May 2016.
The usual annual meeting of the Czech, Hungarian, Slovak and Slovenian nuclear regulatory authorities was held in the Czech Republic from 17 to 18 May 2016. The parties described the most important events at their respective authorities, changes in the legislation in their countries last year and other information in connection with the operation of nuclear power plants.
Annual safety performance assessment. Review of the Paks II preliminary safety information report. HAEA’s MDEP membership accepted. Introduction of 15-month refuelling cycle. Paks NPP submitted the SLE application of Unit No. 3 Operating status restored at the RWTD Facility. HAEA joined the INEX-5 exercise. Forthcoming EPREV Mission to Hungary.