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IAEA seminar in Minsk discusses nuclear power plant transitionary oversight

Society 12.08.2019 | 19:16

MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – A regional seminar of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to discuss inspections and oversight during transition from construction to operation of a nuclear power plant began in Minsk on 12 August, representatives of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor) told BelTA.

The seminar is taking place at Gosatomnadzor's Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center. Representatives of Belarus, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Slovakia, the USA, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and the IAEA are taking part in it. Gosatomnadzor is the Belarusian organizer of the seminar.

Participants of the seminar are expected to discuss the IAEA's leadership in inspecting nuclear facilities, the practical experience of developing and executing programs on licensing and oversight over new reactors, roles and responsibilities of permanent inspectors at a nuclear power plant site during construction, commissioning, launch, and operation of a new nuclear power plant. How the experience of operation of nuclear power plants in various countries is used to plan inspections and other matters will also be discussed.

According to the source, the event is particularly important for Belarus considering preparations for commissioning the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The country regularly hosts regional seminars of the IAEA offering a venue for many parties to share their experience in matters of ensuring nuclear and radiation safety.

The seminar will last till 16 August.

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