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IAEA-Chernobyl Timeline: Years of Steady Progress

Staff Report

August 2005

Year by year since the tragic Chernobyl accident, international assistance through the IAEA has made steady progress on multiple fronts. Technical and research projects have targeted social, environmental, and safety problems confronting people in countries most heavily affected by Chernobyl’s fallout, and scientific studies have placed the accident’s radiological effects into clearer perspective. The latest activities seek to help Ukrainian authorities take the closed Chernobyl plant safely out of service and manage highly radioactive waste.

The IAEA timeline of Chernobyl assistance since 1986 extends to dozens of expert missions, reviews, assessments, and field projects. (For full references, see Chernobyl on the Web.) Highlights of the Agency’s response include:

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has underlined the importance of the Agency’s work, while pointing to continuing challenges ahead:

"The Chernobyl accident showed that nuclear safety issues are not confined by national borders. The past fifteen years have seen the international community make steady progress in the formation of a legally binding safety regime. New safety conventions have been concluded to cover, for example, nuclear plant safety, radioactive waste management and spent fuel management. A major challenge for the Agency today is to help countries implement the obligations they undertake through these agreements.”