Boost for Jordan's nuclear regulations
Regulations stepped up as Jordan's nuclear facility nears completion
In an attempt to keep up with the country’s peaceful nuclear power programme, the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) is stepping up regulation procedures, reports the Jordan Times.
A five-year strategy is to be implemented in order for the commission to perform its watchdog role, as the next few months will see the country’s first nuclear facility – a recently built sub-critical assembly -licensed at the Jordan University of Science and Technology.
The commission is also to set licensing standards and review studies for the site of Jordan’s first five megawatt nuclear research reactor, to be constructed by a South Korean consortium and due for completion in 2015.
Looking ahead, JNRC is also working closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency to draw up a set of guidelines for the decommissioning of nuclear facilities, spent fuel management and an emergency response system.
The commission has already commenced measuring natural radiation levels across the country as part of a two-year project to provide benchmark data before the Kingdom begins uranium mining, and its reactor comes online.