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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 construction... 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 Plant... 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 the release of... 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 nuclear-related areas... 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 action... Full story »

IAEA Reviews Nuclear Security in Belgium

11 December 2014 | An IAEA team concluded that the physical protection system in Belgium is robust, with a program of continuous improvement in place at both the operator and government level. The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) team identified numerous good practices, and made a number of recommendations and suggestions to further improve nuclear security. The two-week mission, which concluded last week, reviewed the nation's nuclear security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities, as well as security... Full story »

Advocating For Strong 'Cradle To Grave' Control of Radioactive Sources

10 December 2014 | Taking a holistic approach to manage radioactive sources from 'cradle to grave' enhances safety and security, and enables countries to overcome limitations to obtain radioactive sources for use in health care, agriculture and industry, agreed participants at an IAEA workshop last week. The week-long workshop at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, entitled Design a Model Project for Applying the 'Cradle to Grave' Concept for the Control of Radioactive Sources, brought together 50 experts... Full story »

IAEA Concludes Operational Safety Review Mission at EDF France

9 December 2014 | An international team of nuclear safety experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), today completed a review of corporate performance at the French electric utility company, Électricité de France S.A. (EDF). The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) was assembled at the request of the French Government and noted a series of good practices and proposed suggestions to strengthen some safety measures. A "Corporate OSART" is an OSART mission organized to review the centralized... Full story »

The Next Frontier in Worker Radiation Protection

9 December 2014 | Protecting medical workers and those exposed to naturally occurring radiation, such as air crew and miners, is the next frontier in occupational radiation protection, participants of a conference on the subject in Vienna learned last week. “The international safety framework for protecting workers is well established and effective. However, implementation of some of these recommendations in some areas, such as medicine and work involving exposure to elevated levels of naturally occurring radiation, is complex,” said Michael Weber, Deputy Executive Director ... Full story »

Risks and Challenges of Radiation Exposure at Work

28 November 2014 | IAEA/ILO Conference Tackles Occupational Exposure and Protection. Millions of workers in medicine, construction, mining, shipping, agriculture and nuclear power are routinely exposed to ionizing radiation. These people are employed in commercial nuclear-power generation and decommissioning, in academic research, food processing, industrial imaging, weld-defect inspection, leak tracing, automobile-steel testing, mineral-deposits discovery, as surgeons and medical technicians. The need to more adequately... Full story »

IAEA Concludes Operational Safety Review Mission to Kola 3 and 4 Nuclear Power Plant

26 November 2014 | An IAEA-led international team of nuclear safety experts noted a series of good practices and made recommendations to reinforce some safety measures during a review of operational safety at the Russian Federation's Kola 3 and 4 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) that concluded today. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) was assembled at the request of the Russian Federation. The in-depth review, which began 11 November, focused on aspects essential to the safe operation of the NPP... Full story »

IAEA Mission Concludes Peer Review of Zimbabwe's Radiation Regulatory Framework

24 November 2014 | Senior international nuclear safety and radiation protection experts today concluded a 10-day International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission to review the regulatory framework for radiation safety in Zimbabwe. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team made recommendations and suggestions to the Government and the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ) to help them strengthen the effectiveness of the country's regulatory framework and functions in line with... Full story »

| Last update: Thursday, February 12, 2015.