Statement to the Board: Safety

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

June 3-7, 2013

 

Strengthening of the Agency’s Activities related to Nuclear, Radiation, Transport, and Waste Safety

 

U.S. Statement

Mr. Chairman,

The United States would like to take this opportunity to thank the Director General and the Secretariat for their efforts to develop the document, “Progress in the Implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety.”  We look forward to reviewing the progress made since the last report at the March Board of Governors meeting in each of the twelve main actions in the implementation of the Action Plan.  We appreciate the continued preparation of these reports, which underline the Secretariat’s commitment to a transparent and inclusive process as we implement the Action Plan on Nuclear Safety.

In this regard, we welcome the establishment of five international expert Working Groups for the development of the IAEA Fukushima Comprehensive Report.  Similarly, we welcome the formation of the “Effectiveness and Transparency” Working Group, established during the Second Extraordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety.  We commend Canada and the Agency on their successful hosting of the April 2013 International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems in Ottawa.  This conference gathered nuclear regulators from more than 50 countries to discuss nuclear regulatory challenges and lessons learned in light of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident.  All of these activities demonstrate our collective determination and commitment to enhance nuclear safety.

We also welcome the Addendum to the Safety Requirements on Safety of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities.  The two additional appendices to “NS-R-5” will further promote the safe operation of nuclear fuel cycle facilities.  We concur with the Board’s establishing as an Agency safety standard a Safety Requirements publication incorporating this document.  We further concur with the Board’s authorizing the Director General to promulgate these Safety Requirements and issue them as a Safety Requirements publication in the IAEA Safety Standards Series.

Nonetheless, Mr. Chairman, the U.S. delegation would like to note our concern about the possible expansion and cost of review missions such as the Emergency Preparedness Review Service, or “EPREV.”  In this regard, we recommend that the Secretariat establish a priority for the conduct of these missions to ensure that they are necessary and in line with their intended purpose.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.