Environment

​​To ensure environmental sustainability, all interventions are designed, implemented and monitored so as not to produce any impact, neither radiological nor conventional, on the environment. Sogin operates an articulated environmental radiological surveillance network and monitors, with continuous and scheduled checks, the quality of the air, ground, groundwater and water of the river Po, of the river fish, beef and pork, as well as the main agrifood products of the area: lettuce, tomatoes, corn, eggs, milk and forage. 

The environmental surveillance network was established, as in the other nuclear sites, upon entry into operation of the plant

  Every year, Sogin systematically carries out hundreds of measurements on the food and environmental matrices that constitute the environmental monitoring network. ARPAE Emilia-Romagna carries out similar monitoring and surveillance activities with its own network. The results of the analyses and the values of the discharge formulas have always confirmed radiologically insignificant environmental impacts. The monitoring results are sent to the Control Authority ISPRA and made public, also through our Sustainability Report.

  The Caorso power plant is part of the ALMERA (Analytical Laboratories Measuring Environmental Radioactivity) network, a network coordinated by IAEA within which the site participates in international discussions on laboratory measurements of an environmental nature, in order to test the laboratory response in both normal and emergency conditions.

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Sogin’s Environmental Management System is ISO 14001 certified. In April 2015, for the activities in the Caorso plant, Sogin obtained the EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) registration certificate. EMAS is a voluntary tool proposed by the European Community with which companies and government agencies can evaluate and improve their environmental performance and provide the public and all stakeholders with information concerning environmental management

In March 2017, the EMAS registration was confirmed with the updated 2016 version of the Environmental declaration. ​

ACCREDIA LAT No. 77 Calibration Laboratory

Inside the Caorso site the ACCREDIA LAT No. 77 laboratory is operational, in which technicians carry out radiological protection instrumentation calibration with gamma and X rays. The Laboratory carries out its activities for both Sogin as well as third parties, issuing certificates that are valid in all countries that have adhered to Mutual Recognition Agreements. The calibration activities carried out at the Centre guarantee the reliability of radiometric measurements. In 2014, 774 calibration certificates were issued. Further information is available on the ACCREDIA website.