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IAEA reviews UAE nuclear emergency response plans

Eleven day mission carried out by a team of experts from around the world.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded a mission to review the emergency response arrangements in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant.

The 11 day mission was carried out by a team of experts at the invitation of the UAE government.

Raoul Awad of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission led the review team, which included members from Brazil, Canada, France, Morocco, the United States and the IAEA.

The Emergency Preparedness Review Service (EPREV) team identified strengths in several areas, excellence in two areas and the need for further improvement in four areas.

“The UAE has built its nuclear emergency preparedness and response programme in an effective way on the basis of an already strong national infrastructure for crisis and emergency management,” Awad said at the mission’s closing meeting on 31 March.

“The partnership between the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, the Ministry of Interior, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation is key to the success achieved thus far.”

Denis Flory, deputy director general, head of the department of nuclear safety and security at the IAEA, said: “By requesting this mission, the UAE demonstrated its dedication to continuous improvement in nuclear safety.

“International peer review missions are designed to identify strengths and opportunities for improvements in a spirit of transparency and quest for excellence. This mission is one of many conducted by the IAEA to assist the UAE achieve a safe, reliable and sustainable nuclear power programme.”

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