Review of Sweden’s seventh national report
On Friday 31 March, Sweden’s seventh national report on compliance with the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) was reviewed by other countries that have ratified the Convention. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and industry representatives are in Vienna for the purpose of presenting the national report and answering questions about it.
Some of the strengths in the field of nuclear safety highlighted by Sweden's seventh national report are:
- a well-developed regulatory framework that clearly defines mandates and responsibility for safety in nuclear power generation, and for nuclear safety and radiation protection
- open and constructive dialogue between the regulatory authority and licensees
- well-established companies that own the reactors and give priority to safety issues
- stable conditions regarding radiation protection work at Swedish nuclear power plants
- reactor modernisation programmes in pace with safety improvement work and current standards
These are some of the strengths in the field of nuclear safety that are highlighted by Sweden's seventh national report. The report also points out areas that need to be worked on going forward. These include aspects such as knowledge management and the availability of expertise on a national level, as well as the need to ensure safe long-term operation and a broadly established process required for future decommissioning. On 31 March 2017, this discussion was held in Vienna on Sweden's national report.
"Based on the written questions received and responded to by Sweden at the beginning of the year, I anticipate additional queries relating to knowledge transfer and securing competence, but also questions concerning measures taken in Sweden to raise the levels of safety, security and emergency preparedness following the nuclear power accident at Fukushima Daiichi," says Ervin Liszka, senior adviser and CNS national contact person at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.
At the meeting in Vienna, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and industry representatives accounted specifically for Sweden's compliance with the principles agreed between Member States within the framework of the Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety. The Declaration stipulates measures for prevention of radioactive releases that lead to large-scale ground contamination similar to that following the accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi.
"The discussion can be interesting. We also state in our national report that Sweden is relatively well-equipped to deal with this kind of event," Mr Liszka concludes.
Facts in brief
In 1994, Sweden signed the Convention on Nuclear Safety, ratified it in September 1995, and in October 1996, it entered into force. Sweden's first national report on implementation of the obligations implied by the Convention was submitted in August 1998 to the Convention’s depository, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Since then, Sweden has submitted a national report every third year. The following year, the report is discussed at the review meeting. In August 2016, the seventh national report was submitted for the review by other Member States. This review meeting took place on 31 March 2017.
The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority prepared the national report on the behalf of the Swedish Government. Apart from staff from the Authority, representatives of the reactor owners participated in the work.
For more information, please contact: Ervin Liszka, Senior Adviser and CNS national contact person at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, through the Authority’s press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.