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IAEA Reviews Operational Safety at Japanese Nuclear Power Station

13 July 2015 | An international team of nuclear safety experts led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today completed an assessment of operational safety at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station in Japan. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) noted a series of good practices and made recommendations to reinforce some safety measures during the mission, which was held at the invitation of the Japanese Government. The 14-day review, which began on 29 June, focused on safety measures that have to be in place... Full story »

IAEA Director General Amano Welcomes Italian, Turkish Ratification of Nuclear Security Amendment

8 July 2015 | IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano welcomed ratification by Italy and Turkey of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM), calling it a key step towards reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism. In meetings today with Director General Amano, the Ambassadors to the IAEA of Italy and Turkey, H.E. Mr Filippo Formica and H.E. Ms Emine Birnur Fertekligil, delivered their countries' instruments of ratification. The IAEA Director General is the depositary of the Amendment, which was adopted a decade ago today... Full story »

Nuclear Safety is a Continuum, not a Final Destination

3 July 2015 | "There's this continuum with regard to safety improvement," said Ken Ellis, CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and Chair of the International Conference on Operational Safety, held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna last week. Nuclear safety is a work in progress and not a status that is reached once and forever. "And the nuclear industry has learned that the best way to improve safety is to assist each other in that endeavour, share operating experience, share good practices, and create a learning industry."... Full story »

Malaysian Rare Earth Plant Complies with IAEA Recommendations, Report Concludes

26 June 2015 | The Malaysian government has implemented all recommendations put forward by an IAEA-led review mission in 2011 on radiation safety at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), a rare earths processing facility completed in 2012 near Kuantan, Malaysia. This is one of the main conclusions of a report recently made public by the IAEA on the request of the Malaysian government. The release of the report in itself complies with recommendations to ensure maximum... Full story »

IAEA Reviews Nigeria's Emergency Preparedness and Response Framework

23 June 2015 | An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts today concluded a 10-day mission to review the emergency preparedness and response framework in Nigeria. The Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) was carried out at the invitation of the Nigerian Government. The team included five experts from Cuba, Croatia, Hungary, Pakistan and the IAEA. "Nigeria clearly showed that it understands the importance of being well prepared to respond to nuclear or radiological issues when... Full story »

Coastal and Shipping States Conduct Exercise Simulating Maritime Transport Emergency

19 June 2015 | Radioactive cargo, such as irradiated nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, is often shipped by sea for long haul destinations. Maritime shipping is a safe and effective mode of transport, and an emergency at sea is highly unlikely. Nevertheless, policymakers have increasingly become aware of the need to be prepared for such a low probability event. A tabletop exercise held at the IAEA this week allowed experts from 17 countries to practice international cooperation in the event of a nuclear emergency at sea... Full story »

IAEA Mission Reviews Croatia's Regulatory Framework for Radiation Safety

16 June 2015 | An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of senior regulators today concluded a 10-day mission to review Croatia's regulatory framework for radiation safety. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team made recommendations and suggestions to the Government and the State Office for Radiological and Nuclear Safety (SORNS) to help strengthen the effectiveness of Croatia's regulatory framework and functions in line with IAEA Safety Standards. The mission included site visits to observe inspections and... Full story »

IAEA Director General Highlights Recent Advances in Long-term Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel

15 June 2015 | There have been important developments in the management of radioactive waste in recent years, but the wider public is often unaware of them, said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the opening of an international conference on spent fuel management today in Vienna, Austria. Read or watch the full statement. Significant progress has been made in the development of deep geological disposal facilities for high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel, especially in France, Finland and Sweden, he said. Facilities to store low- and... Full story »

IAEA Reviews Ghana's Emergency Preparedness and Response Framework

9 June 2015 | An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts concluded a 10-day mission to review the emergency preparedness and response arrangements in the Republic of Ghana. The Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) was carried out at the request of the Government of Ghana. Peter Zombori, an expert from Hungary, led the five-person review team, which included experts from Italy, South Africa, Sudan, and the IAEA. "Ghana has developed an emergency preparedness and response framework, based on the... Full story »

IAEA Reviews Safety Progress at Chooz Nuclear Power Plant in France

5 June 2015 | An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of nuclear safety experts today completed an assessment of how the operator of the Chooz Nuclear Power Plant in France has followed up on safety recommendations made during a 2013 review. The Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) found that some of the issues noted in the earlier review, which focused on aspects essential to the safe operation of the plant, had been fully addressed. Although noting satisfactory progress on the other issues, the team recommended further action on... Full story »

Practical Arrangements between IAEA and ARPANSA of Australia

4 June 2015 | The Practical Arrangements were signed by Mr Denis Flory, the Deputy Director General of IAEA and Mr Carl-Magnus Larsson, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) on 4 June 2015 in Vienna. The objective of the Practical Arrangements establishes the framework for cooperation between the two parties to develop guidance material to support Safety Standards applicable to the uranium mining and uranium processing industry... Full story »

International Experts to Meet at IAEA to Discuss Computer Security in a Nuclear World

27 May 2015 | Representatives of nuclear regulators and plant operators, law enforcement, system and security vendors, and regional and international organisations will take part in an International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World, 1-5 June 2015, at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The meeting is being organized in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Interregional... Full story »

IAEA Expert Mission Reviews Hungary's Regulatory Framework for Nuclear Safety

22 May 2015 | An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of nuclear and radiation safety experts today concluded a 12-day mission to review the regulatory framework for nuclear safety in Hungary. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team found that Hungarian officials were committed to strong regulatory oversight of the country's nuclear programme and the wide range of radiation-related activities. Hungary faces challenges, including consolidating a complex... Full story »

| Last update: Wednesday, July 29, 2015.