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Finland has a lot to give to international nuclear safety cooperation

Finland has a lot to give to international nuclear safety cooperation

5 Apr 2016 16:16

Petteri Tiippana, Director General of STUK, was satisfied with the result of the nuclear safety summit that ended in Washington on 1 April 2016. As a result of a series of summits, it is now more difficult to obtain nuclear and radioactive materials and to use them for illegal purposes.

Finland underlined in the Washington summit the national capability to detect threatening situations and to take proper action in them. Finland also stressed the role of international cooperation in the exchange of information needed for the prevention of nuclear terrorism and the necessity of training in order to maintain preparedness.

Although the summits have improved the management and control of nuclear and radioactive materials, the risk for their illegal use still exists and the work must be continued, says Director General Tiippana. It was in fact decided at the Washington summit how nuclear safety cooperation will be continued in international communities now that the series of summits comes to an end. The International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA will play an important role in further work. The matter will be discussed next time at a ministerial conference in Vienna in December 2016.

At the Washington summit, 23 countries and INTERPOL together published a declaration prepared by Finland in which the countries state that they will develop their radioactive material detection systems so that the illegal use of the materials can be prevented even better. According to Director General Tiippana, the declaration is important, because when implemented it will improve safety and open up new opportunities for developing national and regional activities.  

Finland also has something concrete to give in this field: a remote support system for radiation measurements has been developed here through cooperation between authorities. With the system, a STUK expert can monitor, analyse and comment in real time on the measurements performed by Finnish Customs, for example. In the REPO project, which is partly funded by Tekes and which will conclude at the end of April 2016, Finnish companies have developed a commercial version of the system that can also be exported to other countries.

Finland also took up at the summit the question of securing the spent fuel of nuclear power plants in final disposal. Finland is the first country in the world that will start final disposal and it will create expertise and technology for the implementation of supervision and safety systems.

Link Statement on National Nuclear Detection Architectures

For further information, please contact:
Director General Petteri Tiippana, tel. +358 9 759 88 200
Principle ExpertKari Peräjärvi, tel. +358 9 759 88 705
Information Officer Risto Isaksson, tel. +358 9 759 88 208

STUK - Rdiation and nuclear safety authority
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