Lithuania, Belarus sign nuclear incident notification agreement

  • 2020-05-25
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania and Belarus have on Monday signed an agreement on early notification of a nuclear accident and exchange of information on nuclear facilities and activities.

Lithuania's State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) said it had signed the agreement with the Belarusian Ministry of Emergency Situations.

"Despite this agreement, all environmental and nuclear safety issues being raised by Lithuanian remain. Lithuanian wants the Belarusian nuclear power plant not to be launched until it meets all international environmental and nuclear safety requirements," VATESI said.

The Inspectorate underlined that since nuclear fuel has already been delivered to the Astravyers NPP and preparations are underway for the launch of its 1st reactor, the risk of a potential nuclear or radiological accident has already emerged.

Under the agreement, the institutions agreed to exchange key information immediately after a nuclear accident or after a dangerous level of radiation posing threat to people's health is recorded, and also exchange information on the safety of their countries' nuclear energy facilities.

The Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, such agreement between neighboring countries are part of normal international practice.