IAEA director outlines new safety plans

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency outlined a five-part plan to increase global nuclear safety and where the IAEA’s role would lie in the future. Yukiya Amano […]

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By Tom Gibson

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency outlined a five-part plan to increase global nuclear safety and where the IAEA’s role would lie in the future.

Yukiya Amano said at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety in Vienna: “This Conference is crucial for the future of nuclear power. It is imperative that the most stringent safety measures are implemented everywhere.”

Mr Amano’s five points were:

-Strengthened IAEA safety standards, which involves a review.

-Regular, random reviews of plants’ safety, to incentivise operators.

-Independent and well-funded regulators.

-Improved global emergency response.

-Improve information sharing and response.

The Director General called on attending national representatives to “ensure that the Vienna Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety is remembered as heralding a new era in which nuclear technology is as safe as humanly possible.”