The 41st meeting of the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) in Italy was held on 14-16 May 2019, where the organization also celebrated its 50th anniversary. For the symposium, three members of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority wrote a scientific paper and made a presentation on the topic of how the safeguards requirements should be taken into account from the very early stages of the design of a nuclear power plant. Such a requirement is, for example, where the cameras operated by the International Atomic Energy Agency are to be taken, or whether the route of nuclear fuel can be continuously monitored from delivery to transport from the power plant.
Between 15-18 April, 2019 a training course for the newcomer nuclear safeguards inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency was organized at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant.
The new issue of the HAEA’s Nuclear Safety Bulletin presenting a number of interesting articles is now available. In the new issue you can read about the IRRS Follow-up Mission in Hungary, the report of the 1st Topical Peer Review on 'Ageing management of nuclear power plants and research reactors', the Plucky Puli national nuclear security exercise, the ECUREX-2018 emergency exercise, the regulatory licensing and supervision activity of HAEA related to the new unit construction project. HAEA provides detailed information on the events of interest in the Bulletin, such as the drop of the geophysical probe containing a radioactive source into a logging well.
In the 20th year of the association the 2019 spring plenary meeting of the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA) was organized by the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority in Budapest. About 60 participants from 25 countries attended the event. During the plenary meeting, the participants discussed and adopted the new strategic objectives of WENRA and the new Terms of Reference of the association.
Verification of the discharge and environmental monitoring activities of MVM Paks NPP Ltd. (PA Zrt.) was carried out between 2-5 April 2019 in Hungary by experts of Nuclear Energy Directorate of Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission.