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UAE nuclear watchdog invites comments from public

The UAE plans to have four nuclear power reactors by 2020

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Construction work at the Barakh nuclear plant
Construction work at the Barakh nuclear plant

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE’s independent nuclear regulatory body, has invited the public to review and comment on its draft regulation on the requirements for off-site emergency plans for nuclear facilities.

The objective of this regulation is to establish the requirements that must be satisfied to ensure there is effective off-site emergency planning for the nuclear facilities in the UAE.

FANR has already issued a set of regulations and regulatory guides to help its licensees fulfil their obligations.

The draft regulation is available on the FANR website fanr.gov.ae. Members of the public can send their comments to regulation@fanr.gov.ae during the next 30 days.

FANR's Safety, Security and Safeguards Glossary can help interested readers to understand the specific terminology used in this regulation.

As with previous regulations and regulatory guides, this draft regulation has already been made available for 30 days to local and federal government entities for their comments.

FANR recognises the importance of the public's comments and maintains the highest standards of transparency in accordance with Article 9 of the Federal Law by Decree No 6 of 2009, Concerning the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

Since FANR's establishment on 24 September 2009, the nuclear regulator has asked its external stakeholders to review and comment on more than 16 draft regulations and 12 draft regulatory guides through either web-based or face-to-face communication.

The UAE is currently working on plans to have four nuclear power reactors operational in Barakah by 2020, to generate 5.6 GWe of electricity. The first plant has been under construction since July 2012.

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