18 Sep (NucNet): The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, drawn up following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear station in Japan, has delivered concrete results and nuclear facilities have already become safer because of it, the agency said.
In a final report on the implementation of the action plan the IAEA said the main purpose of the plan was to set a framework for the further strengthening of nuclear safety worldwide. The plan focused on 12 key areas including safety assessments, IAEA peer reviews, emergency preparedness and response, national regulatory bodies, and the international legal framework.
Since the adoption of the plan in 2011, the IAEA secretariat, member states and relevant stakeholders have undertaken a number of activities and have introduced concrete measures which have effectively strengthened nuclear safety worldwide, the IAEA said. It said the secretariat has initiated 68 projects with extra-budgetary funding across all 12 areas of the plan.
Results include better collaboration between member states and all stakeholders. The IAEA peer review mechanism has been strengthened and member states have been encouraged to regularly host peer reviews at their nuclear facilities.
The report is online: http://bit.ly/1QL3Q9g