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UAE seeks IAEA assistance on radioactive waste management
Source: BI-ME and WAM , Author: BI-ME staff
Posted: Thu January 17, 2008 12:00 am

UAE. The UAE is joining forces with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to devise guidelines for radioactive waste management in the oil & gas industries.

Director General of the Federal Environment Agency (FEA) Dr Salim Al Dhahiri said: ''The UAE is cooperation with the IAEA to chalk out a long-term strategy for disposal and management of radioactive waste and standards for radioactive waste disposal facilities.

He added that the FEA is hosting IAEA radioactive waste management expert Dr Terje Strand who has already been on a five-day visit to the country for talks with officials at the FEA and other competent authorities on issues related to radioactive waste management in the oil & gas sector. This week the UAE signed an agreement with France for the development of a nuclear power generating plant.

According to the FEA chief, the IAEA consultant will assist the FEA's department for control and prevention in assessing natural radioactive waste originated from the oil and gas industries. The scope of work also includes classification of radioactive waste treatment, review of relevant legislations and assessment of infrastructure for radioactive waste management.

He announced that an IAEA technical team is scheduled to visit the UAE this month to discuss arrangement for drafting the strategy.

''The proposed strategy comes in line with FEA's effort to enforce is part of effort to enforce the federal law number one of 2002 regarding the regulation and control of the use of radiation sources and protection against the hazards."



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