The International Atomic Energy Agency IGALL (International Generic Ageing Lessons Learned) working group No. 4 held its meeting at the Headquarters of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority from 26 February to 1 March 2019. The purpose of the WG4 is to compile a Safety report summarizing the experiences of participating national authorities in preparation for the Long Term Operation (LTO) and aging management in connection with regulatory activities starting from the establishment of the legal framework and finishing with the activities post/after licensing LTO. The Safety report will reflect experiences and practices which can be useful for regulatory bodies in different phases of LTO.
The delegation of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine – led by the Chairman, Hryhorii Plachkov, paid a visit to Hungary from 18 to 19 February, 2019. The delegation was received by Mr Gyula Fichtinger, Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority.
12-15 February 2019 Uzbek governmental delegation paid a visit to Hungary to observe experience of the licensing procedure of the new nuclear power plant units. On 14th of February, Mr Gyula Fichtinger, Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority received the delegation composed of members of parliament and representatives of Uzatom Agency.
The delegation of the Romanian regulatory authority led by its president visited Hungary between 12-14 February, 2019 to consult on specific issues related to the implementation of the EU directive on protection against ionising radiation.
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.