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The NRA reported on its activity in 2018 to the public

25.01.2019

  The management of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency reported on its activities over the year 2018 at the traditional annual press conference. The Chairman of the NRA, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Latchesar Kostov pointed out that during the year there were no deviations from the safe operation of nuclear facilities and sources of ionizing radiation in Bulgaria. 
   The journalists were acquainted with the Agency's activities regarding the licensing of the Belene NPP project as well as with the requirements of the European Commission regarding the notification of the new request to continue the activities of the Belene NPP, if any.
   The press conference also provided information on the European Commission's review in 2018 under Art. 35 of the Euratom Treaty on Radiation Monitoring of the Environment, which took place in Sofia and was coordinated by the NRA. The preliminary findings of the EC experts are that the Republic of Bulgaria fulfills the requirements of Art. 35 of the EURATOM Treaty on Radiation Monitoring of the Environment.
   The Chairman of the NRA, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Latchesar Kostov reported that in 2018 the infrastructure in force in the country for the provision of radiation protection during operation of nuclear facilities and of sites with SIR as well as for the management of RAW and SNF was maintained in full compliance with the international standards and criteria. Information was presented as well on the following issues, namely: on the implementation of measures under the National Action Plan in response to the Fukushima accident, amendments to the regulations in 2018, activities for extension of the lifetime of Unit 6 of Kozloduy NPP, the increase of the thermal capacity of the two units of the plant and the gradual transition of Unit 6 to Advanced Nuclear Fuel (TBCA-12). The intensive cooperation of the NRA during the year with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russian Federation, was also underlined.