On April 187, 2018, the Parliament of Ukraine approved in the first reading governmental draft law related to elimination of Chornobyl accident consequences and preventing such accidents in the future. The draft law No.6624 aims to amend State Program for Decommissioning of Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and Converting Shelter Object into Environmentally Safe System. It includes:

  • a new period for implementation and budget financing: extending it till 2020, including implementation of measures foreseen for 2017;
  • update of the list of measures: finalization of confinement construction and its start of operation, finalization of construction and safe operation of the dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from nuclear reactors RVPK-1000 of Chornobyl NPP (SNFF-2), putting into operation of the wet nuclear wastes recycling), etc.

Despite an urgent need for and importance of these measures, the draft law had been on the waiting list for a long time (it was included into Parliament’s agenda only on April 17, 2018, nine months after its submission). It was only April 17, 2018, when the Parliament supported the draft in the first reading, with just 236 votes, after several attempts and re-voting.