The Act CXVI of 1996 on Atomic Energy prescribes that an organization appointed by the Government shall prepare a proposal for the national policy and national programme for the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel, and shall provide for the disposal of radioactive waste, the interim storage of spent nuclear fuel, the closure of the nuclear fuel cycle and the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (hereinafter called as HAEA) was assigned by the Government in its Decision 2414/1997. (XII. 17.) to establish a public agency under the name of Public Agency for Radioactive Waste Management, for performing the functions specified in the Act on Atomic Energy. In line with the corporate forms used in the European Union, the Authority was transformed, as of 7 January, 2008 into the Public Limited Company for Radioactive Waste Management (PURAM).
The Government specified in its Governmental Decree 215/2013. (VI. 21.) the basic responsibilities of PURAM in line with the Act on Atomic Energy. Our most important tasks for the coming years are:
- the extension of the National Radioactive Waste Repository for the low- and intermediate-level waste from the Paks NPP,
- the extension of the existing Spent Fuel Interim Storage Facility,
- the selection of a site for the high level and/or long-lived waste repository, as well as
- the safety upgrading of the Radioactive Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility.
It is equally important, or maybe the most important, to establish and maintain good relationship with the society. We are committed to ensure the transparency of our work and to carry on a correct dialogue with the public. Our fundamental aim is to put the stakeholders into a position that makes them capable to take part in the decision making.