From June 18-21, 2013, the NRC conducted a workshop in Warsaw, Poland on how the NRC assesses the environmental impacts of the construction and operation of nuclear power plants. Jack Cushing, Andrew Kugler, and Michael Masnik of NRC’s Office of New Reactors (NRO) and Richard Emch of AdSTM conducted the workshop with support from Danielle Emche of the NRC’s Office of International Programs and Eduardo Sastre of NRO. Thirty-two people participated in the workshop; the participants were mainly from the General Directorate of Environmental Protection, the National Atomic Energy Agency, and the National Center for Nuclear Research. The training regarding the assessment of environmental impacts of power reactors along with a discussion of the events at Fukushima was presented at the request of Piotr Otawski, Deputy General Director for Environmental Protection. The training was conducted at the Hotel Mazurkas near Warsaw, Poland.
Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA (PGE) has been selected as the future owner/operator of the first nuclear power plant in Poland, and PGE has narrowed the site selection process to three potential sites on or near the Polish coastline on the Baltic Sea.