The Public Council at the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine announced the decision to withdraw confidence to the Head of the department, Hryhorii Plachkov. It was reported in an open statement of the Council.
Members of the Public Council claim that the presence of Hryhorii Plachkov as the Head of the SNRIU “leads to the destruction of the system of state regulation of nuclear and radiation safety”.
The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine issued a permit to the “Eastern mining-processing combine” for the operation of storage for the disposal of radioactive waste, as well as for the processing of uranium ores because of termination of activities of the former “Pridniprovsky Chemical Plant”, which belongs to the state enterprise “Barier”.
The statement indicated that SOE “Eastern mining-processing combine” does not have the financial and human resources to carry out relevant activities.
“Not a single license in Ukraine for the processing of uranium ores was issued for objects that are not on the balance of the licensee. This precedent was created for the first time by Hryhorii Plachkov, the Head of the SNRIU”, the document says.
The statement indicated that the above-mentioned decision of the SNRIU resulted in the suspension by the European Commission of the financing of the third phase of the technical assistance project for the rehabilitation project of the “Pridneprovsky Chemical Plant”.
Hryhorii Plachkov was appointed as the Head of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate in the fall of 2017 following a competitive selection process. In 2016, he took the position of the Head of the Atomic Industrial Complex Department of the Ministry of Energy and Coal mining.