The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Canada will continue to support international efforts dealing with the containment and safe storage of radioactive materials resulting from the 1986 accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, in Ukraine, with a contribution of $3.6 million.
Canada’s contribution to international efforts to address nuclear safety at the Chornobyl site is intended to help the Ukrainian people deal with the devastating consequences of the accident.
The Minister made the announcement ahead of the 30th anniversary of the April 26, 1986, accident and as international donors meet in Kyiv, Ukraine, to discuss the work to safely and securely store spent nuclear fuel. This work is nearing completion but could face delays owing to a shortage of funding.
“Nuclear safety requires the global community to work together. As we renew our efforts to strengthen nuclear safety worldwide we are reminded of the consequences should we fail. On the 30th anniversary of the tragic accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, Canada remains committed to ensuring that the site is contained, stable and environmentally safe.”- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which manages this project on behalf of international donors, has advised that additional funding of €105 million (approximately $152 million) is required for the safe and secure storage of spent nuclear fuel, which is currently stored in an inadequate and deteriorating facility.