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Regulations on Protective Measures for Nuclear Material Drawn Up

May 11, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Draft Regulations Regarding Physical Protective Measures for Nuclear Material have been drawn up.

The mineral resources and energy department published the Draft Regulations in Government Gazette 44546 in terms of the Nuclear Energy Act.

The Draft Regulations are designed to “prescribe the physical protective measures to be implemented and maintained by an authorisation holder in respect of nuclear material in possession, use, handling or processing, to guard against unauthorised removal”.

The Draft Regulations focus on responsibilities of authorisation holders; integration management system for protection of nuclear material; reporting of events; requirements for security officer; protection arrangement with offsite nuclear response force; Security Control Centre; contingency plans; record keeping; Nuclear Security Plan; site plan and requirements for measures against unauthorised removal of nuclear material in processing, handling, use and possession.

Nuclear material includes Plutonium, Uranium-235, Uranium-233 and Irradiated Fuel.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.