COOPERATION BETWEEN THE FUND AND THE COMPANY ARAO
The Fund and the ARAO have been cooperating for many years on the project of developing and revising the Krško NPP Decommissioning Programme and the Programme for the disposal of Radioactive Waste (RW) and Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) from the Krško NPP. The development and regular revisions of these programmes are in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the regulation of statutory and other legal relations regarding the investment, exploitation and decommissioning of the Krško Nuclear Power Plant (Bilateral Agreement). The First Revision of the Krško NPP Decommissioning Programme and RW and SNF Disposal Programme was completed and adopted in 2004, and the currently valid Third Revision was accepted in July of 2020. The implementation of the Bilateral Agreement is monitored by the Intergovernmental commission, which meets on average once a year. You can find out more about the project here.
The project on the development and revisions of these programmes is led by the Sector for Coordination of the Preparation and Development of the Programme for Decommissioning and Disposal of RW and SNF from the Krško NPP.
ARAO (Agency for Radioactive Waste) is a Slovenian organisation for radioactive waste management and the appointed expert organisation for the implementation of obligations under the Bilateral Agreement (development and implementation of the Krško NPP Decommissioning and RW and SNF Disposal Programmes). The ARAO’s responsibilities also include the management of the former Žirovski vrh uranium mine, the management of all radioactive waste generated in Slovenia (including waste from the TRIGA research reactor, research, medicine, industry and public use), the remediation of radioactive waste facilities, and the management of the central storage facility for radioactive waste and the construction of a low and intermediate level radioactive waste (LILW) repository at the Vrbina site in Slovenia.
As part of the cooperation, two visits to the central radioactive waste storage facility in Brinje near Ljubljana were organised. You can find out more about the storage and management of radioactive waste in Slovenia here.