Fifth Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety 2011

You may recall that India has signed and ratified the International Convention on Nuclear Safety. We are now one of the contracting parties. We attended two review meetings so far. The latest is the just concluded 5th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS), which was held in Vienna, Austria and concluded on 14 April 2011.

Fukushima nuclear accident was one of the topics which were discussed. The meeting lasted ten days. Delegations from 61 of the 72 countries that are “Contracting Parties” to the Convention discussed long-term safety issues.

Japanese disaster inspired the contracting parties to start safety reviews of their nuclear installations;   nuclear power plants’ safety measures in place to defend against extreme external events will be one of the important topics.

Complete information on the Fukushima accident is yet to emerge. IAEA has scheduled a Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety in June. Every country with a stake in nuclear power is likely to attend.

CNS meets meet every three years. IAEA will convene an extraordinary meeting next year to analyse the Fukushima accident.

The topics covered at the review meeting included detailed technical discussions about enhancing safety culture; overcoming challenges in recruiting a new generation of nuclear professionals; managing ageing nuclear facilities and safely extending their lifetimes; nuclear power plant designs; siting of new plants; periodic safety reviews; countries new to nuclear power; international cooperation; as well as networking on emergency management and operating experience.

As usual, discussion of country reports on nuclear safety took most of the time.

The two reports which the Government of India submitted to CNS can be accessed at:

http://www.aerb.gov.in/cgi-bin/conferences/convention.asp

The reports contain very useful information including important safety related developments in the country. It is the outcome of the efforts a large vary number of scientists and engineers from AERB and various units of DAE

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I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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