By Xing Feilong
BEIJING, CENEWS-Between Nov. 29 and Nov. 30, the ninth Senior Regulators’ Meeting on Nuclear Safety and the fourth senior regulators’ symposium among China, Japan, and South Korea was held in Beijing. Liu Hua, the Ministry’s Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety and NNSA Deputy Administrator, attended the meeting. Secretary-General of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Yasuhiro Shimizu and Secretary-General of ROK Nuclear Safety and Security Commission Choi Jong Bae headed delegations to the events. The Secretariat of the tripartite cooperation observed the events.
In his remarks, Liu Hua said that nuclear safety has no boundaries, and that the three countries have, through the mechanism of the senior regulators’ meeting, maintained communications, enhanced policy and information exchanges, learned from each other, and played a pivotal role in pushing the three countries to enhance nuclear safety regulation capacity and maintain and advance regional nuclear safety level. The tripartite cooperation has been quite effective and fruitful since last senior regulators’ meeting. Liu hoped that the mechanism of the senior regulators’ meeting may be enhanced, and that China stands ready to share experience and increase communications with Japan and South Korea, study from each other, and make advances together under this mechanism.
At the senior regulators’ meeting on Nov. 29, the three countries exchanged the latest developments on the nuclear safety regulation in respective countries, and the team leaders in charge of human resources development, online information sharing, and emergency response reported their respective progresses and work plans over the past year. China and Japan also delivered reports on observing the drills on emergency nuclear responses at China’s Dayawan Nuclear Power Plant and Japan’s Ikata Nuclear Power Plant, and ROK delegation presented the observation plan for the fourth emergency response drills to be held in ROK in 2017.
At the thematic symposium held on Nov. 30, the three countries made presentations on the safety review of “Hualong One”, the developments in Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant, and Fukushima Nuclear Accident. The meeting also had thorough discussions on the two topics-“restoration of radioactive contamination and disposal of radioactive wastes” and “implementation of Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety to avoid release of large-scale radioactive substances from accidents in nuclear power plants”.
The Senior Regulators’ Meeting on Nuclear Safety among China, Japan, and South Korea is a mechanism established in 2008 for the exchange of nuclear regulatory policies among the three countries. The senior officials with the nuclear safety regulators of the three countries will attend the meetings which are held in the three countries on a rotating basis. The tenth senior regulators’ meeting will be held in Japan in 2017.
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