The NSSC to Collect Public Opinions on the Comprehensive Measures to Enhance Nuclear Safety Standards by Holding Hearings with Civil Groups and the Nuclear Industry

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (Chairperson Uhm Jaesik, hereinafter referred to as the NSSC) will collect a wide range of opinions on the Comprehensive Measures to Enhance Nuclear Safety Standards, which the Commission had been preparing since last year, by holding separate public hearings to be participated by civil groups and the nuclear industry.

First of all, a public hearing with civil groups will be held on January 10 (Thu) at 2 p.m. at the conference room of the NSSC with representatives of 8 civil groups*, such as the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement.

*Korean Federation for Environmental Movement, Korea NGO's Energy Network, Green Korea, Energy Justice Actions, National YWCA of Korea, Citizens' Center for Environment and Health, Korea Radiation Watch, Korea Women's Environmental Network

And on January 17 (Thu) at 2 p.m., anther hearing will be held with stakeholders of the nuclear industry*, including the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.

* Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, KEPCO Nuclear Fuel, KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company Inc., Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, Korea Radioactive Waste Agency, KEPCO KPS, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Korea Association for Non-Destructive Testing, Korea Association for Radiation Application

With regards to the Comprehensive Measures made upon previous regulatory experience, the NSSC has strived to take a communication-based approach, which allowed the NSSC to reflect insight of the public members from various areas through 5 public hearings held across the nation and online channels.

The Comprehensive Measures include 11 action items - enhancing Periodic Safety Reviews; enhancing seismic preparedness of nuclear power plants; strengthening regulations of risks associated with multi-unit sites; introducing step-by-step licensing for nuclear fuel cycle facilities; establishing safety regulation framework for nuclear spent fuel and high-level radioactive wastes; enhancing safety regulation of products using naturally occurring radioactive materials; establishing an emergency response system encompassing the entire nuclear fuel cycle; pursuing assessments of radiation impact on health; securing transparency of safety regulation and conducting more active public outreach activities; strengthening safety culture of licensees and regulators; and pursuing development of domestic technology standards.

The NSSC will collect and reflect opinions delivered at the hearings with civil groups and the industry in the final draft of the Comprehensive Measures. The final version will be set after it is reported to a meeting of the Commissioners and announced to the public.

Source: Nuclear Safety And Security