Prevent and anticipate through transparency and participation
NEWSLETTER – SUMMER 2016
News – Radioactive Waste Management
News – Civil Society impact in Belgium
06.07 |National reports and programs are available !
14.06 | Opportunity to upgrade safety standards
An important step forward for TRANSPARENCY
Latest recommendations of the Belgian SHC
According to Art. 11 of the 2011/70/EURATOM Directive, Member States had to develop and describe a national programme for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. National programmes were to be reported to the EC before 23 August 2015. In response to our request, the European Commission (EC) gave access to all national programmes and implementation report.
In April 2016, the Belgian government announced that the update of the national nuclear emergency plans would take into account the recommendations of the Belgian Superior Health Council (SHC) published in March 2016 which themselves are taking into account some insufficiencies previously pointed out by Greenpeace Belgium and NTW. Eloi Glorieux, member of NTW, summarizes here the main conclusions of the SHC report.
Event –Five years after Fukushima
Event – Civil Society impact
22.03 | Witnesses from Civil Society
03.06 | Citizen control over nuclear safety
Sharing of experiences between Japan and EU
NTW presentation at the RICOMET conference
2016 was the 5th anniversary of Fukushima nuclear accident. Five years after the accident, an event in the European Parliament was an opportunity to exchange witnesses and local knowledge between Japan and the European Union, in order to understand the current challenges in Europe raised by the use of nuclear technology at a strategic time for decisions about nuclear safety. Find the summary report on NTW’s website.
On 3rd June, Jan Haverkamp, member of NTW, made a presentation at the Second International Conference – RICOMET 2016. This presentation shows how NTW supports citizens to implement their rights in access to information and public participation around nuclear decisions. This is still an ongoing process, but the contours of what the nuclear industry really stands for are slowly becoming more clear.
Report – RWM
01.04 | Transparency in radioactive Waste Management
06.04 | Strength and weaknesses of emergency plans
A first report from the NTW BEPPER project
Study carried out by ACRO for ANCCLI
One of the first projects developed within the NTW RWM working group was on transparency and it was named the BEPPER project. BEPPER stands for “Broad Framework for Effective Public Information and Participation in Environmental Decision-making in Radioactive Waste Management”. This report describes some of the innovative thinking and practice on transparency that has been developed in the project the 2 last years.
In case of severe nuclear accident, France is not ready . This is the finding of a study carried out by ACRO for ANCCLI (National Association of Local Information Commissions and Committees) . It explains that The “top-down” used to date must evolve and interested local people and organizations from the civil society should be involved in the development and planning of emergency plans.
Position – Nuclear Illustrative Programme
Info – Transparency and safety
23.05 | PINC: the real picture
20.06 | Assessment of the safety in Belarus
Position on the Nuclear Illustrative Programme
Ostrovets power plant
PINC is a communication of the European Commission, presented under Article 40 of the Euratom Treaty for the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee. On 4th April 2016, the EC published its latest report on nuclear program (PINC) outlining investment issues. NTW identifies figures in the 2016 PINC that are soft estimates and that there is a need to work deeply on RWM and decommissioning.
The territory of Belarus received 70% of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident. As a result, nearly 23% of its territory was contaminated. However, thirty years after the accident, Belarus is building its first nuclear power plant at Ostrovets only 20 km from the border with Lithuania. The first unit is set to become operational in 2018 with Russian assistance. But as the project advances, safety concerns are mounting.
Event – ENEF
Event – Aarhus Convention and Nuclear Roundtable
03-04. 10 | The next ENEF
29-30.11 | EP&R
Bratislava – Under Slovakian Presidency
To nuclear accidental and post-accidental situations
Founded in 2007, the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) is meant to gather all relevant stakeholders in the nuclear field. The 2016 ENEF Plenary meeting will take place in October in Bratislava . NTW will be there to participate to the debate and to assess if the ENEF can really be a platform for an open discussion about the future of nuclear energy in Europe among all stakeholders without taboos.
In the perspective of the revised Basic Safety Standards (BSS) Directive(2013/59/Euratom), the next Aarhus Convention and Nuclear Roundtable, gathering all the concerned stakeholders, will give the opportunity to present the key results of different initiatives and to discuss them in the perspective of the Aarhus Convention with a specific focus on the transboundary issues, in order to draw recommendations.