The cost of Novovoronezh NPP for environmental protection in 2017 amounted to more than 950 million rubles

In 2017, the current costs of environmental protection at Novovoronezh NPP (a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC) amounted to 950.098 million rubles. This was announced during the public presentation of the report on the nuclear plant environmental safety for 2017, which was held at the Information Centre for Atomic Energy in Voronezh on 16 August, 2018.

During the presentation, the Plant’s heads of the environmental protection and radiation safety departments informed environmental organizations’ representatives and educators of Voronezh about the state of the environment in the region where the NPP is located and the implementation of its nature protection activities in 2017.

“The radiation monitoring at the NVNPP power units, in its controlled access area and the radiation control area, as well as the status of the NPP radiation safety parameters during operation, confirmed the absence of the NPP negative influence on the environment and the population living around the nuclear plant”, Olga Rosnovskaya, the Head of the Radiation Control Laboratory, said.

It should be noted that in 2017 Novovoronezh NPP was awarded two important awards. They were for the effective implementation of environmental policy and a great contribution to the preservation of the environment. Vernadsky Nongovernmental Ecological Fund awarded the personnel of the Nuclear Power Plant with the Certificate of Appreciation, and the Voronezh Office of Rosprirodnadzor awarded it with the Diploma for the Great Contribution to Environmental Protection.

At the public presentation, it was also noted that the environment issue was under the special control from both the plant workers themselves and the state supervisory bodies. “Many years of NVNPP operational experience show that the state of the environment in the nuclear power plant affected zone and the 30 kilometre zone remains stably safe”, Tatyana Sokolova, a leading expert of the Interregional Directorate No 33 of the FMBA of Russia, said. She also stressed that during the implementation of the project and the construction of NNPP-2, they also had taken into account all the requirements of safety standards and rules, which ensures the well-being of the population and the environment during the NNPP-2operation.

The Information Centre for Atomic Energy has been one of the sites for the NVNPP environmental report presentation for the fifth year in a row. Another site for the report public presentation is the Nuclear Power Plant itself. On 3 September, it is planned to hold a seminar on environmental protection and on the results of the 2018 external audit of the Environmental Management System (EMS) of NVNPP.

Representatives of Rosatom, the operating organization, supervisory authorities (authorized in the field of environmental protection and exploitation of natural resources), public organizations of the region, educational institutions of the city of nuclear power workers and the Voronezh Oblast, as well as the management and the employees of NVNPP are invited to the event. The seminar will cover issues of environmental protection in the region. The nuclear scientists will inform about the measures taken to implement the results of the international audit and the positive practices in the field of safety culture.

To get familiarized with the full version of the Environmental Safety Report of Novovoronezh NPP, please visit the official website www.rosenergoatom.ru, at: http://www.novnpp.rosenergoatom.ru/about/safety/ecology/ecoreport/ 

Novovoronezh NPP is a branch of Rosenergoatom JSC (a part of the largest Division of Rosatom State Corporation – Electric Power Division). The Plant is situated on the River Don bank 42 km South of Voronezh. This is the first NPP of Russia with VVER type reactors (Water-Water Power Reactors of containment type with water under pressure). Three reactors of the Plant are the main ones – the prototypes of the serial power reactors. The first power unit was commissioned in 1964, the second one - in 1969, the third one – in 1971, the fourth one – in 1972, and the fifth one – in 1980.

The power units No 1 and No 2 were shut down in 1984 and 1990, respectively. The power unit No 3 was shut down in 2016 for the decommissioning events. The power unit No 4 was shut down for modernization works. The power unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2 was commissioned on 27 February, 2017. The power unit No 2 is in the stage of commissioning works.

The latest information about radiation situation near Russian NPPS and other nuclear power facilities can be seen at www.russianatom.ru

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