UAE regulator invites public comments on nuclear power plant guide

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The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has invited the public to review and comment on its new guide, which focusses on designing and operating a nuclear power plant.

The draft Guidelines for the Design, Construction and Operation of Nuclear Power Plants (FANR-RG-005) is aimed at helping any utility that wishes to operate a nuclear power plant in the UAE understand the regulator’s requirements for the siting, design, construction, commissioning and operation of such a facility.

The UAE’s independent nuclear control body has already issued a set of regulations and regulatory guides to help licensees fulfil their obligations under permissions granted to them.

This document, however, provides guidance for the regulations for the Siting of Nuclear Facilities (FANR-REG-02); Design of Nuclear Power Plants (FANR-REG-03); Radiation Dose Limits and Optimisation of Radiation Protection for Nuclear Facilities (FANR-REG-04); Application for a Licence to Construct a Nuclear Facility (FANR-REG-06); Radiation Protection and Predisposal Radioactive Waste Management for Nuclear Facilities (FANR-REG-11) and the upcoming Regulation for an Application for a Licence to Operate a Nuclear Facility (FANR-REG-14).

The new guidelines document is available on the FANR website www.fanr.gov.ae. Members of the public can send their comments to regulation@fanr.gov.ae during the next 30 days, said a statement issued today.

FANR’s nuclear glossary can help interested readers to understand the specific vocabulary used in this regulatory guide.

As with previous regulations and regulatory guides, this document has already been made available for 30 days to local and federal government entities for their comments.

FANR recognises the importance of the public’s comments, as its policy of operational transparency is based on the Federal Law by Decree No 6 of 2009, Concerning the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, said the statement.

Since FANR’s establishment on 24 September 2009, the regulator has asked its external stakeholders to review and comment on 11 regulations and seven regulatory guides through web-based or face-to-face communication.

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