Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology

Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology was established on April 26, 1996, according to a Decree on establishing the Chornobyl Center as a state scientific and research institution subordinated to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine issued by President of Ukraine.


The Chornobyl Center started its operation in the area of studying the consequences of the Chornobyl accident, nuclear and radiation safety and nuclear facilities decommissioning. The Center’s office was located in Kyiv.

In 1997 the Slavutych Laboratory of International Research and Technology (SLIRT) was established as a Chornobyl Center’s division in the town of Slavutych by the joint decision of the Chornobyl Center, ChNPP administration, Slavutych City Council, representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). 

 In February 2002, 2 years after the Chornobyl NPP closure, the headquarters of the Chornobyl Center was transferred from Kyiv to Slavutych. Almost all teams that manage a number of international projects work in Slavutych; particularly, the teams fulfilling the works within the framework of the projects for the ChNPP decommissioning, radioactive waste management, the Shelter Object transformation. 

In accordance with the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No. 1291 dated October 31, 2007, the Chornobyl Center was transferred under the control of the Ukrainian Ministry of Emergencies and Protection of Population from the Consequences of Chornobyl Accident.

A new Charter of the Chornobyl Center was enforced by Order No. 624 that was issued by the Minister of for Emergencies on August 29, 2008. The Charter defines the organization’s name as “State Scientific and Research Institution “Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology”.

Chornobyl Center is the national representative of the International Chernobyl Centre (ICC) - the formof international scientific and technical cooperation in the field of studying the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.The structure of the Chernobyl Center consists of: Laboratory of Engineering and Technology (LET), International Radioecology Laboratory (IRL), Kyiv office / The Safety Assessment Laboratory for Nuclear Facilities and Potentially Hazardous Technologies and Projects Monitoring Center, Kyiv.

Today, the Chornobyl Center employs over 100 people,  71%of which are employees with higher education, 10% - have degrees, 30% - are young people under the age of 30 years.

Major projects completed in the ICC of Slavutich:
• creation an integrated database of the "Shelter";
• upgrading oncology clinicssecurity systems in Ukraine;
• development of Radiation Protection Program at the stage of final closure of Chornobyl NPP;
• development of Chernobyl NPP radioactive wastedatabase ;
• project of deep analysis of security of energy-blocks: №1 Rivne NPP and № 1 Khmelnytsky NPP;
• creation of a database on the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster;
• radioecological studiesщаthe alienated zone;
• a nationwide assessment of the threat of nuclear installations, nuclear materials, radioactive waste and other sources of ionizing radiation;
• work in the terhs of Kyoto Protocol in preparation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change;
• international forums.

General director Mykhailo Bondarkov, director of the International Radioecology Laboratory.
Address: 07100, Ukraine, Slavutych city, Kyiv Region,  P.O. Box 151, 7/1, 77th Gvardiiska Dyviziya St.,
tel.: +38 04579 2 30 16
fax: +38 04579 2 81 44