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Slovak parliament bans foreign waste services: waste and recycling

Slovak parliament bans foreign waste services: waste and recycling

September 9, 2021

Based on a parliamentary decision yesterday, Slovakia has banned the processing of radioactive waste or spent fuel from other countries. This move will force JAVYS to close its business unit, which could lead to job losses once the work in progress is completed.

Export of radioactive resins and sludge from Italy to Slovakia until 2020 (Photo: Schocken)

The ban was imposed by a revised decision Environmental Law 1992- Parliamentary documents state that it “explicitly prohibits activities related to radioactive waste and the use of non-nuclear fuels in Slovakia”. In addition, it places any such measures “in the context of pollution and environmental damage”.

National Council members Jaromir Schiebel, Boris Koller, Alexandra Pevkova and Anna Jimanova tried to “contribute to alleviating the burden and environmental risks and at the same time preventing the emergence of health”. Risks.” Their movement proposed to reduce potential risks by completely banning the import of radioactive waste into the country without specifying the specific risks or environmental impacts posed by current practices.

The resolution was adopted by a majority vote and Prime Minister Edward Hecker will formally announce it to President Zuzana Shaputova. It will take effect on September 1, but will not affect contracts entered into before that date.

Parliamentary documents indicated that the impact on business would not be considered simply because it would limit jobs in the future, but Slovakian expert JAVYS had previously warned that this impact would put jobs at risk.

JAVYS processes radioactive waste for Slovak and foreign clients. It currently has four stores with Chokin in Italy and processes a total of 865 tons of low-level radioactive material from the closed Caorso Nuclear Power Plant. Return of works and materials is scheduled for 2023.

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Company CEO Pavol Toler wrote in the August 6 issue of Personnel Magazine that JAVYS has abandoned new contract offers and that the ban will “significantly affect the company’s management.” He warned that it would also affect employment.”

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Other changes in Slovakia Environmental Law The same decision changed the right to transfer radioactive materials from the Ministry of Transport and Construction to the Public Health Bureau, which is already a pioneer in the field of radiation protection. The government said it would be a more coherent arrangement and aligned with other countries.

Researched and written by Global Nuclear Energy News