Nuclear Safety Issue in South Korea

An international team of nuclear safety experts said on Friday that South Korea has strong regulations on operating atomic energy facilities safely and preventing accidents, concluding their two-week mission here.

The special review, called the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS), by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) came at the request of the South Korean government.

“This was the first IRRS mission that included a review of the regulatory implications from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident,” said Denis Flory, the IAEA’s deputy director general and also head of the department of nuclear safety and security.

The review is not an IAEA inspection nor an audit and is designed only to provide an objective view or recommendation on a country’s nuclear safety regulations.

The team, consisting of 16 nuclear safety experts from 14 countries, said South Korea already had in place a “technically capable and effective nuclear safety regulatory program.”

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