Deputies have discussed the draft laws on the use of nuclear energy during an expanded meeting of the committee on economic policy, entrepreneurship and innovation development of the Senate of the Kazakh Parliament.

In particular, it is the draft law "On the Use of Atomic Energy" and consequential amendments to the legislation on the use of nuclear energy.

"The bill "On the use of atomic energy" was developed and adopted over 15 years ago on the basis of knowledge and experience, the state of the nuclear industry, the application of nuclear technology in our country, which we had at the time. Adoption of the bill will not require expenditures from the state budget and will not cause negative social and economic consequences," Kazakh Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik said, presenting the bill.

He noted that at present Kazakhstan has 5 nuclear facilities, 4storage of radioactive waste, hundreds of radiation installations, several thousand of ionizing radiation sources used in medicine, industry and science. The bill provides a detailed definition of the powers of the Government and the competent authorities that will streamline the system of regulation of relations in the sphere of nuclear energy.

It should be noted that the draft law "On the Use of Atomic Energy" is aimed at improving the legislation of Kazakhstan in the field of nuclear energy in order to harmonize it with international standards.

The purpose of the bill is to ensure an adequate level of security and effective public health protection, non-proliferation regime in the use of nuclear energy and the improvement of relations arising from the use of nuclear energy.

The document provides for the establishment of categories of radiation hazard of the facilities and sources of ionizing radiation for the purpose of distinguishing the safety requirements, the procedure for making a decision about the construction of nuclear facilities and disposal requirements for companies operating in the field of nuclear energy.

The draft law "On amendments and additions to some legislative acts concerning the use of nuclear energy" is aimed at implementing the provisions of the draft Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On the use of atomic energy" in order to bring it into conformity with the provisions of the legislation.

The document amends the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan in terms of clarifying the environmental requirements for the use of radioactive materials, nuclear energy and radiation safety.

In addition, the draft law introduces amendments and additions to the Law "On Radiation Safety" regarding the clarification of the terminology, "On State Secrets" in terms of adjusting the list of information related to state secrets of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of economy, education, science and technology, and the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Permits and Notifications" on special conditions for the issuance of licenses to engage in activities in the field of nuclear energy.

The draft laws submitted to the Chamber.

KAZINFORM

Published: 21 December 2015

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