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World's nuclear power operators propose integrated event response strategy after Fukushima accident

10-26-2011 08:17 BJT

SHENZHEN, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The world's nuclear operators proposed to develop a "global integrated event response strategy" at a meeting in south China's Guangdong Province Tuesday, following the most significant seven months in the nuclear industry's recent history after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in March this year.

The proposal is one of five approved recommendations by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Governing Board in advance of the ongoing 11th WANO Biennial General Meeting (BGM) which opened in the city of Shenzhen Monday.

The BGM is attended by senior nuclear executives and decision-makers from around the world. This year's meeting has attracted about 600 registered participants to discuss topics related to the theme of "WANO after Fukushima -- Strengthening Global Nuclear Safety."

A WANO emergency preparedness procedure that clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of its London office and regional centers during an industry event should also be completed, according to the proposal.

Other recommendations include expanding the scope of WANO's activities, improving WANO's credibility and visibility, and improving the quality of all WANO products and services.

"The members of WANO have cast their votes and pledged to increase their commitment to nuclear safety in the face of the biggest challenge the nuclear industry has confronted in 25 years," said Laurent Stricker, chairman of WANO, while addressing the meeting.

WANO is a non-profit member association established in 1989 by the world's nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience among organizations operating commercial nuclear power reactors. WANO members operate some 440 nuclear units in more than 30 countries around the world.

All registered participants unanimously adopted a resolution that commits to further improving transparency and reliability in the operation of the nuclear industry, as well as further upgrading the service and quality of nuclear products.

The nuclear power industry must be conscious enough to reconsider their roles, responsibilities and functions in order to further strengthen nuclear power safety, said Stricker.

"We hope to strengthen our ability in facing the nuclear accident crisis worldwide," he said.

After the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the WANO set up a special committee to offer all possible help and pursue improvement measures, said He Yu, president of the 11th WANO BGM and the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC).

"It will be a common concern for all nuclear power industry insiders to reconsider upgrading safety standards and management," He said.

The WANO also voted on five crisis management tactics for coping with the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, including setting up global significant accident emergency strategies and improving nuclear power running review process.

Vladimir Asmolov, deputy director of Russian nuclear energy company Rosenergoatom, was elected president for the 12th WANO BGM, which is set to be held in Moscow in 2013.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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