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The Sixth Lithuanian National Report under the Joint Convention submitted to the IAEA

IAEA headquarters in Viena

On 13 October 2020, State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) submitted the Sixth Lithuanian National Report under the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Report provides updated information regarding new radioactive waste management facilities in operation, the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel, and safety improvement measures, as well as developments in this area over the last three years.

During 2017–2020 year period, after issuance of relevant permits by VATESI, commercial operation of the facilities for the management of solid radioactive waste stored in the old Ignalina NPP storage facilities (solid waste retrieval facilities, project B2-1 and project B2-2) has started. New solid radioactive waste treatment and storage complex (project B3/4) is under hot commissioning trials.

All spent nuclear fuel is removed from both reactors of Ignalina NPP. Most of spent nuclear fuel is loaded into storage containers and transported to the spent nuclear fuel storage facility.

In preparation for the dismantling of the Ignalina NPP reactor core, preparatory works (research, design) related to the management of irradiated graphite before its final disposal – retrieval from the reactors and storage of the retrieved graphite – are continuing.

In 2019, SE Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant has become the only manager of radioactive waste in Lithuania, whose duty is to dispose waste safely.

The report prepared jointly with the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of the Environment, Radiation Protection Centre under the Ministry of Health Care and SE Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant.

After submitting national reports to the IAEA, the review process starts. During this review, Lithuania will answer questions raised by other countries, as well as address questions to other countries' reports. Contracting parties will discuss all the reports, questions and answers at a review meeting in 2021.

Lithuanian National Report under the Joint Convention

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