JAPAN | IAEA seeks regular checks of nuclear regulators

Posted on August 16, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 16 August 2011

In the wake of criticism of Japan’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency will seek regular checkups of nuclear regulators in member nations. The agency made the plan public on Monday.

The IAEA met in Vienna in June following the Fukushima Daiichi accident, and agreed to improve the response to nuclear crises and ensure the safety of nuclear power.

The IAEA worked out the new plan as part of such efforts and presented it to member countries.

The plan outlines a series of measures in 10 areas. These include assessments of safety measures taken by nuclear regulators every 10 years, and if necessary additional checkups in 3 years.

The draft also proposes the IAEA organize an independent group of experts to regularly assess nuclear reactor designs and measures to cope with critical nuclear accidents.

The plan is said to include proposals made by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at the June meeting.

The draft will be submitted to the IAEA general assembly in September after member states study it.

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