We are ready to prove Belarusian NPP is absolutely safe, Vladimir Semashko says


We are ready to prove Belarusian NPP is absolutely safe, Vladimir Semashko says

Every time, approaching the Lithuanian border, in the vicinity of Ostrovets you can't help but look at the new units of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Belarusians have mixed feelings: anxiety, brought by the "Chernobyl virus", reliability, fundamentalism and pride for these monolithic constructions that look no less magnificent from afar than the Egyptian pyramids.

The unity and struggle of opposites are inherent in nuclear energy. Remembering the woes (not only at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but those in Japan's Fukushima and other accidents) the developed world still uses atomic energy. Many countries would like to build a nuclear power plant, but don't have enough funds. Belarus is building the newest, modern nuclear power plant. Vladimir Semashko, a knowledgeable expert in the matter, assured us of the station's reliability and vital necessity once again this week.

Vladimir Semashko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
When we chose the station project, we worked with a wide variety of companies: with French, American, Japanese and so on. We deliberately chose the Russian project, because it was the most advanced, the most reliable, which is important for Belarusians after Chernobyl. We chose the most reliable project, which, along with the active security elements, has a number of passive security elements. We have chosen this project also because several stations are already working on this project. This is a 3+ generation project. Moving along this route we began preparation of project rationale and investments. One section of environment impact assessment is called "Justification of environmental impacts". Site selection. There are a lot of requirements to a site there. Most of all we are criticized for allegedly wrong choice of the site and that our environment impact assessment (EIA) is not very perfect. The choice of the station should satisfy more than 110 criteria, up to the fact that routes of international airlines must not run over the construction site and the site must be specific, the earth and so on... We started with 82 sites, which maybe 30 years ago potentially could be recognized in Belarus as possible construction sites. Then we narrowed this list down to 11, then limited to 3 sites: then 2, including the one in the Mogilev region and then one in Grodno. Based on a set of positive factors we chose a site that we chose. This is Ostrovets. It absolutely meets all the requirements for the construction of nuclear power plants. We did environment impact assessment in a good way, professionally, as expected, in accordance with the concept of Espoo. We gave everything to those who wanted to get acquainted with our concept, with our investment justification, not only to our neighbors (Ukraine, Russia, Poland), we also gave it to Austria, which declared interest too. We passed all these tests. We also justified the EIA in Lithuania. Moreover, when certain questions were raised, we invited [them] several times and defended EIA in Belarus, right on the station site, in Ostrovets. Today we are ready to prove with our colleagues and neighbors that this is an absolutely safe modern station, which we need. Unfortunately, there are questions. I believe, not so much in the field of technology and security, but this is a far-fetched political question. The meeting may finally put an end to і in this contrived dispute.

Vladimir Semashko said this at the international conference. 200 representatives from 45 countries took part in the meeting of the parties to the Espoo Convention. Espoo is the name of the Finnish city where these countries once signed an agreement on environmental impact assessment. All large facilities undergo such a procedure, and Belarus also proves the safety of the nuclear power plant construction.