This suggestion was made by international and domestic nuclearspecialists from IAEA, Russia, Japan, the US, Thailand and Bulgaria inthe first meeting to discuss the issue, held in northern Hai Phong Cityon July 18.
The Head of the Department for Nuclearand Radiation Safety at the Ministry of Science and Technology, VuongHuu Tan, said that the legal regulations and a national nuclearregulatory agency will ensure that a nuclear power programme gets offthe ground, especially the construction of the Ninh Thuan Nuclear PowerPlant.
The necessary legislation has already been drawn up, according to each phase of the project, he said.
The department will be upgraded to become the National NuclearRegulatory Agency whose tasks and operations will be decided in Decemberafter being approved by the Prime Minister.
According to experts, the changes and updates to the legal regulationson nuclear power are necessary to meet the IAEA’s current safetyrequirements.
They suggested that the constructionof the nuclear power plant should be regulated by not only the Law onNuclear Energy but also by the laws on electricity, investment,construction and environmental protection.
Thereforethese agencies should be included when the new regulations on nuclearpower are drafted, to avoid inconsistencies and overlaps, they said.
The experts also put forward suggestions as to the location of theplant, the ability to appraise nuclear safety, radiation safety,strategies to cope with radiation leaks and personnel training.-VNA
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