Croatian Parliament discusses radioactive waste management

ZAGREB, February 9, 2022 – The problem of systematic radioactive waste management in Croatia will be solved with the construction of a radioactive waste management facility, Žarko Katić, State Secretary at the Interior Ministry, told parliament on Wednesday .

Speaking during a discussion on the proposal to amend the law on radiation and nuclear safety, Katić said that only low- and medium-level radioactive waste from the medical and scientific industry, as well as from the Krško nuclear power plant , would be eliminated in the future installation. , and non-highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel.

As for Krško’s low- and medium-level radioactive waste, it is mainly disposable material carried by workers and thrown away at the end of the day, he added.

Katić said industrial and medical radioactive waste is currently disposed of in two storage facilities in Zagreb – the Ruđer Bošković Institute and the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health. It currently stands at 11.5 cubic meters and is expected to reach around 100 cubic meters by 2060.

With Krško’s waste, this amount will be an additional 1,130 cubic meters, and by the time Krško closes in 2043, it is estimated to have reached 1,780 cubic meters, Katić said.

MPs had no major objections to the proposal and, in light of the current energy crisis, some of them supported the use of nuclear energy as clean energy.

“Nuclear energy is necessary. It is clean and our future lies in nuclear energy,” said Marin Miletić of the Bridge party. Darko Klasić of the Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) agreed, saying nuclear energy is “a clean, safe, competitive and low-carbon energy source”.

“The world has said yes to nuclear power plants. We need them because with growing consumption they are the only good solution, even if not perfect, for now,” said Davor Dretar of the Homeland Movement.

“I’m sure people in Dalmatia would not support the construction of a nuclear power plant,” said Social Democrat Renata Sabljar Dračevac, stressing that the use of nuclear energy in Croatia requires national consensus.

Anka Mrak Taritaš (Civil and Liberal Alliance) also said that Croatia should declare its political position on nuclear energy.

Katić said that there were three reasons why the current law needed to be amended – to bring it into line with the law on the Decommissioning and Disposal of Radioactive Waste Financing Fund and with EU directives, and to improve the system as a whole. He announced that a nuclear emergency response plan would be adopted shortly.

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