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STUK attending nuclear safety meeting in Vienna

STUK attending nuclear safety meeting in Vienna

28 Mar 2014 10:00
Press release

The Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety are assembled in Vienna to discuss nuclear safety and review nuclear safety enhancing measures in participating states. The Vienna meeting (24 March to 4 April 2014) brings together hundreds of participants from the 75 countries that are contracting parties to the Convention. The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland (STUK) is attending the meeting, led by its Director General, Petteri Tiippana.

All countries operating nuclear power plants are parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety. The aim of the Convention is to ensure the high level of both nuclear safety and the related control measures in the contracting states. Every three years, each contracting state submits for review a report of the measures it has taken to implement the obligations of the Convention and also carries out a peer review of other countries’ reports.

The most significant developments in Finland during the three-year reporting period have been the overall revision of the safety regulatory system, safety assessments of Finnish nuclear power plants in relation to the lessons of the Fukushima nuclear accident and the regulatory review carried out by the IAEA.

Finland’s report, prepared by STUK, was reviewed at the meeting on Thursday, 27 March. The conclusion of the report was that Finland meets the objectives and requirements of the Convention. As practical examples, the report cites the continued safety improvements of the Loviisa and Olkiluoto nuclear power plants and the development of regulatory instruments on the basis of experiences obtained from the operation of power plants. The regulatory and legislative revision process has been carried out taking into account the latest nuclear safety research and advances in science and technology.

Nuclear safety challenges mentioned in Finland’s report include ageing nuclear power plants, demonstration of the reliability of digital automation as well as competence and resource management as new power plant projects increase the workload and current employees are reaching retirement age.

In the peer review, the reviewers observed that Finland has adopted good practices: procedures that aim at continuous improvement, a comprehensive national research programme on nuclear safety, and a guidance system, prepared in collaboration with other Nordic countries, for action thresholds and practical measures in radiation hazard situations.
Lessons of the Fukushima accident

One of the major topics discussed at the Vienna meeting concerns the nuclear safety enhancing measures taken in the various countries following the Fukushima accident.

The Fukushima accident taught us that we must keep on developing our safety targets as well as the reporting and peer review mechanisms. All participating countries have carried out extra safety assessments on their nuclear power plants after the Fukushima accident. These assessments have resulted in concrete improvements at existing nuclear power plants as well as those still under construction.

Another purpose of the meeting is to improve the Convention itself and its review process. In 2013, Finland participated in a Working Group for the development of the review process. The propositions of the Working Group will be discussed in the Review Meeting.

The Finnish national report (pdf)

Additional information:

Director General Petteri Tiippana, tel. +358 (0)9 759 88 200
Director Kirsi Alm-Lytz, tel. +358 (0)9 759 88 663
Public Information Officer Risto Isaksson, tel. +358 (0)9 759 88 208

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