IAEA finishes Hungary nuclear security review

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency completed a mission to review nuclear security practices in Hungary on June 7.

The government of Hungary requested the IAEA conduct a two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service mission to review the nation's physical protection systems at Hungarian nuclear facilities, security arrangements applied to the transport of nuclear and radioactive materials and nuclear security-related legislative and regulatory framework.

"At a time where development of a nuclear power program is more than ever recognized as necessitating a strong commitment to safety, security and sustainability, the example given today by Hungary strengthens the message about the value of applying the IAEA Security Guidance," Denis Flory, IAEA deputy director general for Nuclear Safety and Security, said. "Indeed, IPPAS missions, carried out at the appropriate time in the development of a nuclear power program, provide valuable insights into how best to reach that goal."

The IAEA team was led by Stephen Ortiz along with nine other experts. The team met in Budapest, and from there went to conduct site visits at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, the Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility, Budapest Research Reactor, the Budapest Training Reactor, the Radioactive Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility and other sites.

The team concluded that Hungary has significantly enhanced its nuclear security over the recent years and found Hungary was participating in many good practices at their nuclear facilities. A draft report of the results were given to Hungary for review.