The ARTEMIS mission coordinated by ISIN starts today

Friday 6 October 2023

The ARTEMIS mission coordinated by ISIN starts today

The ARTEMIS (Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation) mission, coordinated by the Inspectorate, starts today in Rome and will end on October 10th. The mission was requested by the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security, to which national law attributes the task of preparing the National Programme.

Eleven international experts are participating in the mission and, for Italy, representatives of MASE, ISIN, in the role of competent regulatory authority, as well as representatives of SOGIN, ENEA and the Joint Research Center of Ispra (Va), in as the main implementers of the Programme.

These initiatives, organized in each member country by the IAEA, aim to verify the state of implementation of the National Program for the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel and the related national reference framework.

The obligation and timing of a periodic international peer review of this type are governed by Article 14, paragraph 3, of Directive 2011/70/EURATOM and by Article 105 of Legislative Decree no. 101 of 2020.

ISIN acted as an interface on the Italian side with the IAEA for the organization of the meeting, coordinating its conduct at the request of MASE.

During the mission, ISIN will deal with all aspects relating to the regulation and control of the management of radioactive waste at a national level and various aspects will be explored in depth, including:

- the location of the site for the National Repository;

- the update of the National Program for the management of irradiated fuel and radioactive waste issued in 2019;

- the completion of the conditioning for the safety of existing radioactive waste, in particular with regard to liquid radioactive waste, for the purposes of making it safe;

- the completion of the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and other nuclear installations;

- Research and Development programs in the field of radioactive waste management;

- the evaluation and optimization of the implementation costs of the National Programme;

- public involvement in decision-making processes in the field of radioactive waste management.

The work will conclude with the release of the results of the review.

Last update: Friday 6 October 2023