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IAEA Assists Member States with Knowledge Management in Nuclear Safety

19 May 2015 | To facilitate the centralization and selective sharing of national nuclear safety information, the IAEA is helping countries create knowledge repositories under the internet-based Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN). For example, four IAEA experts recently visited China's National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) in Beijing, to advise on the establishment of the country's repository within the GNSSN. China has 27 nuclear power reactors in operation, 24 under construction, and more about to start construction... Full story »

IAEA Deputy Director General Encourages Countries to Join Safety Convention on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

11 May 2015 | At a two-week meeting beginning 11 May, over 700 delegates representing Contracting Parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management have gathered to review and discuss their national reports, address the implementation of the Convention and respond to questions raised on their reports by other Parties. To enhance nuclear safety worldwide, countries should join the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, and those that are... Full story »

Action at Sea: Transport Security Exercise Conducted Off the Coast of Sweden

8 May 2015 | Like an action movie set, ships, helicopters and uniformed people set the scene off the coast of Sweden this week as national authorities conducted an exercise on security while transporting spent nuclear fuel. The exercise was part of a joint project with the IAEA to test and evaluate a new IAEA guide on planning, conducting and evaluating transport security exercises. The test subject and model was the security framework of Sweden's national nuclear transport system, which regularly ships used fuel from power plants along the... Full story »

IAEA and the National Nuclear Security Administration Mark a Milestone in Nuclear Security Training

8 May 2015 | Almost four decades ago, the IAEA and the United States began a joint effort to train global experts on protecting nuclear facilities from terrorists seeking materials for a nuclear weapon. Today, participants from around the world celebrated their completion of the 25th International Training Course (ITC) on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Facilities since its start in 1978 at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over the last three weeks, 43 students from 36 countries took part in the flagship course, which has evolved over... Full story »

Clever Minds Talk "Smart"

5 May 2015 | An international group of 36 experts from 26 countries met at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna last week to discuss and share experiences in tracking radiation exposure for patients. Referring doctors should be informed of their patients' radiation exposure history and have access to images from previous medical examinations, concluded experts at an IAEA technical meeting held in Vienna last week. The general approach in medicine is that radiation dose limits do not apply to patients. The risks of radiation exposure incurred by patients undergoing... Full story »

The IAEA Takes its Nuclear Security Plan to Diplomats in New York

30 April 2015 | On 29 April 2015 delegates gathered on the sidelines of the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss the implementation of the IAEA Nuclear Security Plan 2014-2017. The discussion was led by Geoffrey Shaw, the representative of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the United Nations. The presentation covered the nature of modern nuclear security threats, measures being used to combat these threats, international... Full story »

Providing the Big Picture During a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency

17 April 2015 | For one week in late April, more than 200 experts from 70 countries and five international organizations will gather at IAEA headquarters to discuss the latest trends related to assessment and prognosis in response to a nuclear or radiological emergency. The International Experts Meeting (IEM) on Assessment and Prognosis in Response to a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency will take place from 20 to 24 April. This is the ninth in a series of such meetings organised in the framework of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety. Participants will discuss issues, challenges and solutions, including constraints, limitations... Full story »

Strengthening the Safe Use of Radiation in Medical Practice: Experts Call for Accelerated Introduction of International Basic Safety Standards

10 April 2015 | Sound regulatory frameworks based on IAEA safety standards and effective communication are essential to ensuring that radiation used in medicine provides benefits to patients while minimizing risks. This was the consensus among participants of a seminar on the safe use of radiation in medicine held in Chile from 23 to 27 March 2015. The seminar addressed radiation safety in medical practice, including the implementation of the International Basic Safety Standards (BSS), which play an important role in how radiation safety is addressed globally... Full story »

Research and Development: Reshaping Nuclear Safety

20 February 2015 | New and improved nuclear power plant (NPP) designs under development have the potential to be more fuel efficient, cost less to build and be inherently safer, according to nuclear industry vendors. Some of these designs are currently being built, while others are still in the planning stages. Many of the plans incorporate 'passive' safety features that do not require electrical power, and because large safety margins are being factored into the design, they do not require operational intervention so that accidents could be avoided... Full story »

Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety Is Adopted at Diplomatic Conference

10 February 2015 | The Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety has been unanimously adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS). The Declaration, which is part of an ongoing international effort to strengthen nuclear safety in the wake of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan, was approved by consensus by the Contracting Parties to the CNS at a Diplomatic Conference held on 9 February 2015 at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Conference was called to consider a proposal by Switzerland to amend Article 18 of the CNS related to the design and... Full story »

New IAEA Project Focusses on Decommissioning and Remediation of Damaged Nuclear Facilities

4 February 2015 | The IAEA has launched a new project aimed at benefiting from the experiences gained from the challenges of decommissioning and remediating damaged nuclear facilities. The DAROD project is one of the responses of the Agency towards increased nuclear safety under the IAEA Nuclear Safety Action Plan that was unanimously adopted by IAEA Member States following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power... Full story »

Exercises Allow IAEA, Member States to Practice for Emergencies

28 January 2015 | It takes practice to be ready for the worst. This is why the IAEA regularly takes part in or hosts exercises based on mock nuclear or radiological emergency scenarios. The Agency's Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) recently took part in five different Member State exercises, offering even more opportunities for IAEA staff to sharpen their ability to handle such high-demand emergency situations. One such exercise took place in Bulgaria, lasted a full day, and involved a mock scenario in which a strong earthquake damaged a nuclear reactor, leading to... Full story »

Improving Programmes for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation

16 January 2015 | Improved organizational performance, enhanced safety, optimized operations and increased national and international confidence in Member States' organizations, facilities, programmes and activities are among the benefits that IAEA ARTEMIS peer reviews provide to Member States. Launched in 2014, ARTEMIS is an integrated review service that aims to enhance the coordination and application of IAEA resources in nuclear energy and nuclear safety to peer reviews that meet the needs of Member State institutions and programmes in... Full story »

Japan Joins the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage

16 January 2015 | Japan has submitted its instrument of acceptance to the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), an important international instrument relating to liability and compensation for damage caused by a nuclear accident, triggering its entry into force. The Permanent Representative of Japan to the IAEA, Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano signed and delivered the instrument of acceptance to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on 15 January 2015. Congratulating the Government of Japan, Director General Amano said that this depositary... Full story »

| Last update: Thursday, May 21, 2015.