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Atomic energy boss advises government

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th August 2008 03:00 AM

UGANDA needs to establish robust national radiation infrastructure for nuclear power to protect citizens and the environment.

UGANDA needs to establish robust national radiation infrastructure for nuclear power to protect citizens and the environment.

By Ibrahim Kasita

UGANDA needs to establish robust national radiation infrastructure for nuclear power to protect citizens and the environment.

Antoine van Dongen, the chef de cabinet officer of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA), director general, said establishment of the infrastructure would lead to compliance with safety and security requirements.

Dongen said there was need to establish an atomic energy council to regulate application of the radiations.
“Many elements are needed to build and maintain good infrastructure for nuclear safety,” he said at a meeting of various IAEA project coordinators at the energy ministry offices in Kampala.

“Such elements include establishing a legal framework, regulations, an independent regulator to enforce the laws and skilled technical experts.”

“Establishment of the atomic energy council and secretariat is essential and will require logistics and technical support from the Government.”

“Again, a memorandum of understanding with law enforcement agencies and custom authorities is important to ensure safety.”

Depending on the progress, Dongen said the IAEA would provide radiation monitoring equipment to ensure compliance with the safety and security requirements.

Atomic energy boss advises government

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