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Uranium tailings in Central Asia Old problem, new initiatives - IAEA’s role and objectives -. Regional Conference on Uranium tailings: local problems, regional consequences, global solution Bishkek, 21-23 April. Manuel Recio TCEU-SH1 Dept. Technical Cooperation.

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Uranium tailings in central asia old problem new initiatives iaea s role and objectives

Uranium tailings in Central Asia

Old problem, new initiatives

- IAEA’s role and objectives -

Regional Conference on

Uranium tailings: local problems, regional consequences, global solution

Bishkek, 21-23 April

Manuel Recio

TCEU-SH1

Dept. Technical Cooperation



The iaea has been providing support over time through different programmes
The IAEA has been providing support over timethrough different programmes

Improving

Capacity

Helping establish sound regulatory and decision making frameworks

Providing training and expertise for radiological monitoring and characterization


From local to regional and global approach
From local, to regional and global approach

  • To develop a regulatory framework and decision making process to assess radiological impact of radiological residues at former uranium mining & milling sites

  • To evaluate the remediation works underway

  • To ensure international safety standards are met

  • To develop a plan of action to minimize impact of radioactive residues on the population and assist sustainable development

Technical Cooperation Regional Project: RER/9/086

(2005-08)

Safe management of residues from former mining and milling activities in Central Asia

Technical Cooperation Regional Project: RER/3/010

(2009-11)

Supporting Preparation for Remediation of Uranium Production Legacy Sites

  • Gap analysis of regulatory frameworks

  • Enhancing analytical capability through inter-comparison exercises, development and implementation of QA/QC

  • Information sharing web to build public confidence and awareness

  • Use of a “pilot site” to :

    • Draft and Implement monitoring plan

    • Perform Risk Assessment

    • Appropriate institutional controls

    • Communicate hazards and risks


Indeed the iaea is not alone
Indeed, the IAEA is not alone…

Why not expand and improve

coordinated action?

sharing information?

pooling resources?

Other stakeholders, like NRPA, NRC, ROSATOM


Framework document on the status of uranium sites and restoration projects
Framework Document on the status of uranium sites and restoration projects

  • UNDP initiative

  • The IAEA provides technical backstopping through regular and technical cooperation programmes

  • The EC contributes providing expert advice to widen the assessment to the whole region

  • Other stakeholders have already expressed interest

  • The FD intends to be the reference documentation for raising awareness and mobilizing technical and financial resources


National commitment and regional cooperation simply indispensable
National commitment and regional cooperation: restoration projects simply indispensable

  • International stakeholders’ community can not replace duties of the Governments for:

    • Establishing and maintaining sound regulatory frameworks, including institution building and man power

    • Fulfilling international commitments

    • Giving priority to safety over other considerations

    • Facilitating implementation of restoration and development projects (authorizations, paperwork, visas,…)

  • Regional cooperation is a key element:

    • Similar issues

    • Experience and resource sharing

    • Joint approach to international stakeholders

    • Common language and understanding



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