10:21 | 30/07/2015 Industry
Vietnam has completed the necessary legal framework to push forward the application of atomic energy to develop nuclear power, furthering socio-economic development.
The Atomic Energy Law issued in 2008 regulates the establishment of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) that will be in charge of atomic energy safety management, including radiation waste and used nuclear fuels.
In a bid to implement the Law, the Ministry of Science and Technology promulgated a circular specifying the principals to manage radiation waste.
Regulations were issued on 2014 on financial obligations of organisations owning nuclear power plants which include funding for radiation waste treatment. The Prime Minister also ratified an overall plan for radioactive waste storage and disposal sites by 2030.
VARANS Director General Vuong Huu Tan said that warehouse construction for low-level radiation waste disposal will be implemented in six years, starting from 2015, saying that the warehouse will become operational in 2020, tackling radioactive waste from the first nuclear power plants.
He highlighted that policies on used nuclear fuel treatment and sites for the permanent burying of high-level nuclear waste will be mapped out from 2030-2050./.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vietnam needs to build additional legal documents such as strategies for high-level nuclear waste and used fuel management as well as technical standards on radiation waste treatment.