Russian regulatory chief outlines proposals for Moscow nuclear conference
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union
Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS
Moscow, 28 February: Russia could create an international centre for the storage and processing of nuclear waste, the head of the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Monitoring (Rostekhnadzor), Konstantin Pulikovskiy, has told reporters. He was speaking at the IAEA international conference on nuclear security, which opened in Moscow today.
“The Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency and Rostekhnadzor are drawing up proposals for such a centre,” he said, adding that “a number of leading countries including the USA are offering to set up the centre on their territories”. The idea “has the support of the IAEA’s director, Muhammad al-Baradi’i”, Pulikovskiy stressed.
He also said the conference would discuss an offer to establish an international centre for licensing nuclear power installations. “There is a need for this, especially when it comes to building new generating sets in countries that want nuclear power and are obtaining it with the help of other countries,” he added. “Often it’s not just one or two but several countries taking part in building new generating sets, and the operation of these sites has to be monitored and overseen with the cooperation of several countries’ monitoring agencies.”
Asked by ITAR-TASS if such a body would exert political pressure on countries building new generating sets, Pulikovskiy said “its work would be of an advisory nature”. He stressed that “if it is decided to set up such a centre, there would have to be certain agreements reached with the IAEA”.
Leading figures FROM `en_en_the` nuclear and radiation regulatory bodies of 65 countries and representatives of international organizations are taking part in the conference, which continues until 2 March. Its participants intend to draw up a series of recommendations for improving the work of regulatory bodies in IAEA member countries.
[The proposal for a licensing authority will also be put to the G8 summit to be held in St Petersburg this summer, Pulikovskiy said in a report by RIA-Novosti news agency at 0848 gmt.]
Source: ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0913 gmt 28 Feb 06