Initiating Administrative Proceeding in the matter of issuing authorizations & licenses in connection with the completion of Nuclear Power Plant Mochovce Units 3 & 4
Administrative proceeding No.: 3720-2016
On 12 December 2016 Slovenské elektrárne, a. s. (SE, a. s.), delivered application toNuclear Regulatory Authority of Slovak Republic ("UJD SR" or the "Authority") for licensing commissioning of nuclear installation Nuclear Power Plant Mochovce Units 3 & 4. SE, a. s. at the same time applied for authorization for early use of the building, for permit for the management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel and for permit for the management of nuclear materials at nuclear facilities.The application from SE, a. s., was supported by the relevant documentation containing 377 enclosures.
Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the SR opened an administrative proceeding (administrative proceeding No. 3720-2016) for issuing the relevant authorizations and informed the public authorities concerned. The Authority also informed all potential parties about this fact (the public wishing to engage in the procedure) through a public notice.
After preliminary evaluation of the relevant documentation, the deadline for issuing a decision has been extended.
The documentation, of which the sensitive information was excluded, was made available to the public from 16 March 2017 to 30 June 2017. Participants of the administrative proceedings had taken this opportunity to look into the file and have provided comments to the documentation within the given deadline up to 31 July 2017.
After preliminary evaluation the Authority has started with evaluation of the content of the provided documentation. Authority´s evaluation focused mainly on the compliance of the documentation with legislative. During the evaluation process the authority has worked in close cooperation with the applicant - SE, a. s.
The result of the evaluation was the summary of the comments of the Authority on the documentation, including comments from the participants of the administrative proceeding, that the applicant had to resolve or complement its application.
Due to reasons mentioned above on the 28 August 2017 UJD SR issued a decision (decision no. 334-2017), by which it temporarily interrupted the administrative proceeding in the matter of issuing authorization for the completion of the NPP Mochovce Unit 3 and 4. Main reason of the interruption of the administrative proceeding were the deficiencies of the application, as the result of the state of readiness of the nuclear facility MO 3 & 4 and its inability to perform the required tests and to document their results.
UJD SR has summarized public the list of identified deficiencies and published it on its website.
SE, a. s., has continuously submitted documentation with resolved deficiencies to the Authority. UJD SR has continuously evaluated the clearing of the deficiencies in the documentation. Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic has confirmed to SE, a. s., that the deficiencies in the documentation were solved in the provided timeframe and in the accordance with the requirement of the decision on the temporary interruption of the administrative proceeding (latest by 15 February 2018).
On 22 June 2018 SE, a. s., has supplemented the submission in the administrative proceedings relevant to issuing the authorization for receiving of fresh nuclear fuel into designated areas of the power plant (fresh fuel node). By supplementing the submission SE, a. s., has fulfilled the requirement for continuation of the mentioned administrative proceedings. UJD SR has informed all participants of the administrative proceedings about continuation of these administrative proceedings in writing. The documentation supporting the decision was made public on the UJD SR´s website.
On 28 August 2018 SE, a. s., has complemented the submission for administrative proceedings in the matter of issuing authorization for commisioning of Mochovce Unit 3 and 4 and for management of radioactive waste according to the Atomic Act. By amending the submission SE, a. s., has fulfilled the requirements for continuation of the given administrative proceedings. Authority has informed all participants of the administrative proceedings about continuation of these administrative proceedings in writing. The documentation supporting the decision was made public on the UJD SR´s website.
UJD SR using the method of an inspection has made sure that facilities of the fresh fuel node are ready for handling of fresh nuclear fuel. After receiving the authorization of other state administrative bodies, on 29 October 2018 UJD SR has issued decision No. 277/2018 (Authorization for handling of fresh nuclear fuel in the fresh fuel node) and decision No. 298/2018 (Authorization for commisioning of nuclear facility in the scope of fresh fuel node and for early use of fresh fuel node according to the Building Act). Both decisions are publicly available on the Central Official Electronic Board, on the Authority website. Moreover, they were made public using public notice in Kalná nad Hronom and Nový Tekov and were sent to the participants of the administrative proceedings in writing.
One of the participants of the administrative proceeding filed an appeal against the decisions No. 277/2018 and 298/2018. The Authority has informed all participants of the administrative proceeding about the appeal and asked them to provide comments on the appeal. The matter has been submitted to the second-level administrative authority which is according to the Administrative code of Slovak Republic the chairperson of the Authority.
The second-level authority explored the attacked decisions in their entirety. The chairperson of the UJD SR as the second-level administrative authority refused the appeal agaist attacked decisions, based on proposal of the appeal commission established by her, by decisions No. 139/2019 P and 140/2019 P and confirmed decisions No. 277/2018 and 298/2018 of the Authority.
Based on the demand of the first-level administrative authority, the chairperson of the Authority prolonged the deadline for decision making in the issue of authorization for commissioning of unit 3 and treating the radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel for unit 3 for 6 months. The reason behind the prolongation of the deadline for decision is the great number of subsequent control activities, which need to be made in connection with repeated heating and re-cooling of unit 3.
The nuclear regulatory authority of the Slovak Republic (UJD SR) by its decision No. 205/2019 temporarily suspended the administrative proceeding in the issue of authorization for commisioning of unit 4 of Mochovce NPP and the connected administrative proceeding in the issue of authorization for treating the radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel for this unit. For continuation of the above mentioned proceeding the Authority set the same criteria, defined by decision No. 334/2017 for unit 3 (readiness for cold hydrotest of the unit 4).
UJD SR is controlling readiness of unit 3 of Mochovce NPP for commissioning by the way of inspections. Simultaneously, it is controlling the progress of the work done in unit 4 of the Mochovce NPP.
Administrative proceedings for issuing the authorization for commissioning of the NPP Mochovce Unit 3 and 4 and for management of radioactive waste are still suspended.
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