CENEWS-The 60th General Conference of the IAEA and the Senior Regulators’Meeting was held in Vienna, Austria, between Sept. 26 and 30, 2016. MEP Chief Engineer for Nuclear Safety and Deputy Administrator of NNSA Liu Hua headed a delegation to the events.
This year’s general conference celebrated the 60th anniversary of the foundation of IAEA, and the Director General of the Agency Yukiya Amano reported the significant achievements in the following areas, under the theme of “measures for enhanced international cooperation on nuclear safety, radiation safety, transportation safety, and waste safety”: the IAEA safety standards agenda, nuclear device safety, radiation safety and environmental protection, transportation safety, safe management of spent fuels, safe management of radioactive wastes, and safe decommissioning of nuclear facilities. IAEA also arranged side events, forums, exhibitions, and other activities.
Liu Hua headed a delegation and attended the following events: the general conference’s opening ceremony and senior regulators’ meeting, the plenary session on global nuclear safety and nuclear security network, the forum of the international nuclear safety advisory group, and the annual conference of the regulation cooperation forum, etc. These meetings and forums, integrated with the experience and lessons drawn from the Fukushima Nuclear Incident in Japan, and in light of the new circumstances for the utilization of nuclear energy and nuclear technologies around the world, focused on and discussed a series of hot and difficult issues, such as how the industry, regulatory departments, and stakeholders gain the strong capacity to ensure nuclear safety with institutions, the efforts to strengthen the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and environmental governance, and enhance global nuclear safety cooperation and regulation cooperation, the innovative tools to raise the public acceptance of nuclear power, the licensing of the geological disposal facilities of radioactive wastes, the management and supervision of the international supply chain, the international endeavors on emergency preparedness and response, the reporting system of external incidents and the sharing of experience, and the knowledge management and capacity building. These can be invaluable references in our effort to improve China’s nuclear and radiation safety regulation system and achieve the modernization of the regulatory system and capacity.
During the general conference, the Chinese delegation had talks with the Deputy Director General of the IAEA, presented the integrated regulatory review service conducted by IAEA in August 2016, and had detailed discussions on the actual arrangements for the two sides to sign the agreement of cooperation in the nuclear and radiation safety regulation area. The delegation also had talks with the Deputy Director General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, and discussed the establishment of “Hualong One” Work Group under the framework of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP). Moreover, they had bilateral talks with the nuclear regulators of major nuclear power producers including the U.S., France, UK, and Canada, reviewed the progress of bilateral cooperation in recent years, and exchanged views on mutually interested issues and how to further strengthen cooperation. Furthermore, the delegation had talks with the nuclear regulators of emerging nuclear energy users such as Argentina, South Africa, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Czech, and Vietnam, and exchanged views on how to establish effective cooperation channels among nuclear regulators and provide support for the information exchange and capacity building in the nuclear safety regulation area.
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