IAEA experts hail Pakistan’s nuclear safety measures

May 12, 2014 - 4:41:58 am

ISLAMABAD: International experts have praised Pakistan’s regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety but also proposed measures that will bring about some improvements.

Nuclear experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Korea, Lithuania, Slovenia, South Africa, Ukraine and the United States, officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and observers from Japan formed a 21-member team of Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) of the IAEA, which concluded a 12-day mission to Pakistan over the weekend.

The mission reviewed the effectiveness of the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) in regulating the safety of use of nuclear and radioactive material. The PNRA mandate covers nuclear power plants, research reactors, waste management facilities, radiation source applications and facilities, decommissioning activities and transport of radioactive material.

The mission recommended that the IAEA’s Fundamental Safety Principles should be fully incorporated into Pakistan’s safety framework and the primary responsibility for safety should be clearly assigned.  Internews