Indonesia’s nuclear safety ‘can be improved’

Indonesia’s regulations for nuclear and radiation safety “can be improved”. A team of experts said the current framework “protects public health and safety” and there are a “number of good practices” […]

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Indonesia’s regulations for nuclear and radiation safety “can be improved”.

A team of experts said the current framework “protects public health and safety” and there are a “number of good practices” but gave recommendations on how to strengthen it.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) advised the government to “develop a national policy and strategy for safety, supported by a co-ordinated national action plan”.

It added the country should ensure national legislation for safety, including relevant regulations and guides, are kept up to date with current IAEA Safety Standards.

It went on to suggest Indonesia should “ensure appropriate co-ordination between authorities with regulatory responsibilities”.

Pil-Soo Hahn, Director of the IAEA’s Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety said: “The invitation to host the review demonstrates Indonesia’s commitment to improving national radiation and nuclear safety and to learning from international experiences, particularly as it considers the option of nuclear power.”

The 14-member review team included senior experts from Australia, Egypt, Finland and the US.