Stress tests in Bulgaria

Activities concerning stress tests

April, 2013: Critical review on stress tests

The critical review on the stress tests (output of the last Joint Project, see download section "Stress Tests & Vulnerability Assessment - Recommendations and Experience of the Joint Project group") will be translated partly in Bulgarian.

The study will be used to get media attention.

December 18, 2012: Conference on Aarhus & nuclear including stress tests

The Foundation for Environment and Agriculture in co-operation with the operator of Kozloduy organized a conference on Aarhus & nuclear including stress tests (date: Dec. 18th, 2012).

Participants: local authorities, nuclear authorities, perhaps representatives from the ministry, Jan Haverkamp, representative(s) from ANCLI, Patricia Lorenz
Topic Jan Haverkamp: Aarhus & nuclear
Topic Patricia Lorenz: Stress Tests

July 5, 2012: Stress test round table

present: new director of NPP Kozloduy, 10 members of the Balkan anti-nuclear coalition (one of them was member of the front table)

June 17, 2012: Press conference

On June 17th 2012 a press conference on the topic of stress tests took place. Representatives of Agroecofund, Za Zemiata as well as the experts on nuclear issues P. Kotev (Bulgaria) and Patricia Lorenz (Austria) took part.

June 2011: Questions to the nuclear regulator

Bulgarian NGOs Za Zemiata and FEA sent the following questions concerning stress tests to the Bulgarian Nuclear regulatory Agency on June 28th 2011:

  1. Which new scenarios which were excluded until now but after Fukushima proved to be realistic, do you ask the operator to assess? Please give us data on the new demands concerning natural disasters (flooding, extreme cold, extreme heat, snow, ice, storms, tornados, heavy rain and other extreme natural conditions.
  2. Aircraft crash: Will you demand a deterministic assessment of an aircraft crash? Which criteria will the plant have to prove to withstand?
  3. Will the seismic design basis be re-evaluated, which we consider crucial?
  4. How long is the plant able to control shut-down and cooling of the reactor and the spent fuel storage pool without external support if ultimate heat sink and power supply are not available due to external impact?
  5. Which are the responsible authorities in our country to take care of the part “terrorist attacks”?
  6. How will the public be informed about the conduct and the outcome of the tests?
  7. Will there be a seminar/workshop for NGO and independent experts while the stress tests are being conducted, e.g. in late August or September to discuss the results?

The answer FEA received on Aug 3rd was quite short, it says that the answers the NGOs are seeking can be found in the documents of ENSREG and on the site:
http://ec.europa.eu/energy/nuclear/safety/stress_tests_en.htm

Reports of the nuclear regulator

The Bulgarian national stress test report is available under:
http://www.ensreg.eu/documents - reports

Bulgarian NGOs Za Zemiata and FEA asked for a Bulgarian version of the progress report twice, on the end of Sept. 2011 the Bulgarian progress report was published.

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