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Updated: 12/05/2012 00:36 | By Channel NewsAsia

Asian countries strengthen readiness to deal with nuclear emergencies

Asian countries strengthen readiness to deal with nuclear emergencies


Asian countries strengthen readiness to deal with nuclear emergencies

SINGAPORE: Countries in Asia are working to strengthen their readiness to respond swiftly to nuclear emergencies.

Representatives from their radiological and nuclear emergency authorities are in Singapore for a workshop from December 4 to 6.

The workshop is hosted by Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA), in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

It is being held in Southeast Asia for the first time, and is part of the IAEA’s efforts to improve the transparency and effectiveness of sharing information during a radiological or nuclear emergency.

This is one of the areas identified in the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety to strengthen nuclear safety, following the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011.

At the workshop, participants will learn about the procedures and communication tools used by the IAEA.

One of them is a secure website called the Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies for member countries to exchange information on accidents and emergencies.

Another is the International Nuclear Events Scale, which shows the severity of the situation, similar to the Richter scale for earthquakes.

With two—thirds of the nuclear power plants under construction today parked in Asia, the NEA said the workshop will be an opportunity for Singapore government agencies and their regional counterparts to find out more about the tools offered by the IAEA to provide timely and accurate information during an emergency.

Participants at the workshop include Singapore, Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

— CNA/de

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