A ground-level look at nuclear realities in Ukraine and a visit to Poland
By Rumina Velshi
My recent trip to Ukraine and Poland is among the most significant on the-ground business that I have led during my time as CNSC President. My journey was filled with impactful moments.
The heart of my trip lay in face-to-face conversations with Oleh Korikov, colleagues from the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate (SNIRU), veterans from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, industry, and government representatives. These candid exchanges held a depth that goes beyond words – something truly irreplaceable in our digital age. It's one thing to talk about safety standards and security, but being present, seeing the efforts firsthand, and understanding the need for resilience in such uncertain times – it hits you differently.
During my time in Poland, the discussions, and interactions I had with Andrzej Głowacki, my counterpart, and the team at the National Atomic Energy Agency were both valuable and enlightening. This time was indeed marked by genuine connections and a sense of shared purpose.
As President of Canada's nuclear regulator, and as Chair of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Commission on Safety Standards, it's vital to let everyone know: SNRIU has our full support. And trust me, our actions match our words in backing them up.
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