On General Principles of Further Operation and Decommissioning of Chornobyl NPS and Transformation of [...]
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; Law on December 11, 1998 309-XIV

On General Principles of Further Operation and Decommissioning of Chornobyl NPS and Transformation of Ruined Fourth Power Unit of This NPS into Ecologically Safe System (Abstract text on Jule 23, 2004)


The Law of Ukraine

On General Principles of Further Operation and Decommissioning of Chornobyl NPS and Transformation of Ruined Fourth Power Unit of This NPS into Ecologically Safe System

Date of Entry into Force:
January 13, 1999

The Law regulates peculiarities of legal relations during further operation and pre-term decommissioning of power units of Chornobyl NPS, transformation of the ruined fourth power unit of this NPS into ecologically safe system and ensuring social protection of personnel of Chornobyl NPS, as well as peculiarities of taxation of subjects of entrepreneurial activity which work is related thereof.

The Law defines the following concepts: decommissioning of power unit of Chornobyl NPS, stopping of operation of power unit of Chornobyl NPS and confinement.

The basic tasks of this Law shall be:

development of legal principles of further operation, decommissioning of power units of Chornobyl NPS and transformation of the object Shelter into ecologically safe system;

setting peculiarities of legal regime of use of international technical aid;

setting the procedure of financing works regarding preparation to decommissioning and decommissioning of power units of Chornobyl NPS, works in the field of handling radioactive wastes, works on transformation of the object Shelter into ecologically safe system.

This Law applies to the kinds of activities related to further operation, decommissioning of power units of Chornobyl NPS, transformation of the object Shelter into ecologically safe system and ensuring social protection of personnel of Chornobyl NPS.

Pursuant to the Law, decision on pre-term final stop and decommissioning of power units of Chornobyl NPS shall be adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Works regarding decommissioning of power units of Chornobyl NPS may start only on presence of approved according to the set procedure state program of their decommissioning.

Works regarding transformation of the object Shelter into ecologically safe system shall be performed pursuant to the approved according to the set procedure state program. One of priority measures regarding transformation of the object Shelter into ecologically safe system shall be seizure of materials which contain nuclear fuel and radioactive wastes.

Works regarding preparation to decommissioning and decommissioning of power units of Chornobyl NPS and ensuring social protection of personnel of Chornobyl NPS shall be financed from the State Budget of Ukraine, funds of operating organization, as well as international technical aid and voluntary contributions of legal entities or natural persons.

Works regarding transformation of object Shelter into ecologically safe system shall be financed from the State Budget of Ukraine, including the Fund for Measures regarding liquidation of consequences of Chornobyl catasptrophe and social protection of population, as well as international technical aid and voluntary contributions of legal entities or natural persons.

International technical aid shall be subject to state registration according to the procedure set by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and may be used only for a specified purpose.

The Law sets social guarantees for the employees of Chornobyl NPS who were employed before December 15, 2000 and who are dismissed due to pre-term decommissioning of Chornobyl NPS. Such employees, except social provision and insurance on general principles pursuant to the legislation, shall have the right to:

receipt of one-time aid in amount not less than average monthly income in case of termination of labor agreement ;

receipt of one-time material aid in amount of fifty minimum personal tax-free incomes in case of their resettlement to the other place;

pre-term retirement two years before the set by law pension age;

receipt of monthly extra charge to pension for not working pensioners, who were dismissed due to closing of Chornobyl NPS, in the procedure and amount determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

For this Law to enter into force Final Provisions introduced amendments to many Laws of Ukraine, in particular, On Employment of Population, On Enterprise Profit Tax, On Value Added Tax and the Budget Code of Ukraine.