ArmInfo. A laboratory for radiation monitoring of the environment will be established in Armenia.
At the meeting on August 27, the RA government gave the go-ahead for the signing of an agreement with the European Commission "On promoting nuclear safety culture".
In a conversation with the ArmInfo correspondent, Chairman of the State Committee for Nuclear Safety Regulation of the Republic of Armenia Ashot Martirosyan said that the European Commission will assist in the creation of the laboratory. The assistance will include the provision of equipment, training and retraining of personnel, and the involvement of leading foreign experts. In this case, as Ashot Martirosyan noted, there is no talk of any financial assistance, the assistance will be of a technical nature. It was originally planned that the laboratory would be located in the Argavand area along Admiral Isakov Street, but later it was decided that the new monitoring object would be located on a part of the territory of the National Scientific Laboratory named after A. A.I. Alikhanyan (Institute of Physics).
According to the government decision, the basis for creating a laboratory for radiation monitoring of the environment is the fulfillment of the requirements of the legislative acts of the Republic of Armenia. The purpose of its creation is to improve the system of professional monitoring of the environment, personnel, emergency response, radiation sources, which, in turn, will increase the level of radiation safety on the territory of the republic, ensuring the radiation safety of the population and specialists.
A radiation laboratory of the environment on the territory of the Republic of Armenia is necessary to assess the radioactive contamination of soil, air, water, food, building materials, to ensure professional control of personnel, workplaces at facilities using radiation sources to ensure radiation monitoring of these sources, to identify orphan sources of radiation. The implementation of the program will allow the RA Nuclear Safety Regulatory Committee to carry out activities on radiation monitoring of the environment in accordance with the best European practice and international standards.
The State Committee for Nuclear Safety Regulation carries out state regulation of the field of atomic energy use in order to ensure the safety of the population and personnel, protect the environment and the security interests of the Republic of Armenia.