In October 2017, James Penfold spent four days with representatives from Slovakia’s VUJE and DECOM organisations, sharing his experience of postclosure safety assessment. The meetings were based in Trnava, one of the oldest cities in Slovakia and, with its city walls and many churches, known as “parva Roma” or “Little Rome”.
Slovakia has a well-developed nuclear industry and infrastructure, with nuclear electricity accounting for around half of the country’s needs. Particular areas of emphasis during the mission included the application of the IAEA’s recommended systematic approach to safety assessment, and practical examples of its application to clearance of radioactive material, near-surface and geological disposal.
Image courtesy of Pavel Briatka.