Tuesday, 1 September 2009

UK and Ukraine agree to build secure store for radioactive sources

£2.1 Million (29 Million UAH) has been allocated by the UK for a secure storage facility to house used radioactive sources from across Ukraine, removing the potential danger they could pose to public health or from illicit trafficking.

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kyiv, Mr Leigh Turner, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ukrainian Minister of Emergencies, Mr Voldymyr Shandra in Kyiv yesterday, to establish a framework for the construction of the UK-funded Sealed Radioactive Sources Centralised Store inside the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone.

The funding, which is for the design and construction of the project, is from the UK Government’s Global Threat Reduction Programme. It is being delivered in close cooperation with the Ministry of Ukraine of Emergencies and Population Protection From the Consequences of Chornobyl Catastrophe, and USC Radon.

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