More licenses issued to nuclear and radiology facilities last year, commission says

The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) said Saturday that 900 institutional nuclear radiology certificates were issued last year, marking a 6.9 per cent increase from the previous year.

Chairman of the EMRC Board of Commissioners, Farouk Heyari, said in a press release that 2017 was a year of achievement for the nuclear radiology protection sector, adding that the commission had made significant steps to enforce nuclear radiology security and safety standards.

He also said that the commission had issued 1,573 personal licenses last year, marking an increase of 18.8 percent over 2016, and 425 permits for the import, transit and re-export of radiology equipment and radioactive materials, and had launched six inspection campaigns involving 425 institutions, in which 237 organisations were notified “to correct their situation”.

In terms of border controls on radioactive materials, Heyari said that the commission last year carried out about two-million checks of vehicles crossing and leaving the Kingdom at 53 electronic gates at border crossings to ensure that they are free of nuclear, radioactive or radiation-contaminated materials.

He said EMRC personnel seized two shipments, which were found in excess of the permitted radioactive limits that had arrived through the Container Terminal at Aqaba Port and were returned to the country of origin.

Heyari said a report filed by International Atomic Energy Agency experts, who visited the Kingdom in October, had certified that Jordan had effectively succeeded in meeting the nuclear watchdog’s requirements and fully carrying out all of its 2014 recommendations and proposals.

Another key achievement of the commission, Heyari pointed out, was starting work to launch a national center for nuclear and radiology safety to control the use of such materials and combat their smuggling, noting the facility’s role in building a national system for protection of nuclear and radioactive materials and curbing their smuggling.

He also said that the commission had drawn up a blueprint for the management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.

Source: Jordan News Agency