IAEA Delivers Report on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development to Malaysia

April 20, 2017

As a Council member of the IEM, I want the nuclear prolification portfolio.

Dateline 2017-03-06, IAEA:

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delivered the final report of a mission that reviewed Malaysia’s infrastructure development for a nuclear power programme.

The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission took place in October 2016 at the invitation of the Government of Malaysia. It reviewed the status of development of the 19 infrastructure issues using the Phase 1 criteria of the IAEA’s Milestones Approach.

“We appreciate Malaysia’s transparency and cooperation throughout the process of conducting this mission,” said Dohee Hahn, Director of the Division of Nuclear Power at the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy. “Strengthening government commitment and enhancing public awareness will help Malaysia in its decision on whether to embark on a nuclear power programme.”


AELB: Malaysian personnel can handle chemical, nuke threats

April 8, 2017

Dateline 2017-02-28, Yahoo News:

 Malaysia has taken a step forward by equipping its personnel with the skills and knowledge in handling possible chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNe) threats.

Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) director-general Hamrah Mohd Ali said the agency had experts trained to handle activities or incidences, especially on radiological and nuclear threats.

“CBRNe (attacks), if they happen in our country, will be coordinated by the National Security Council, but we will take the lead as the technical agency when it is related to radiology and nuclear threats.

“We will continue to improve our knowledge on radiological and nuclear threats through continuous engagement and exercise conducted with international parties, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“We also keep up with the latest and more advance technology to detect new versions of the threats,” he told the New Straits Times.


New Atomic Energy Bill expected to improve safety measures

March 21, 2017

Oo, safety and nuclear energy. Nothing here you can screw up, eh?

Dateline 2017-02-20, The Star:

The Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) hopes that the Atomic Energy Bill that will be replacing the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304) could be finalised this year.

The Bill would have a better scope for radiation safety, security of radioactive and nuclear materials as well as safeguard nuclear materials mainly for industrial use.

AELB chief director Hamrah Mohd Ali said they have been doing research on the amendment since 2011 after taking into account several factors, including atomic energy control as well as safety aspects for workers who are dealing with it, both public and environmental.

He said AELB had previously conducted a comprehensive and detailed legislative research for the amendments before submitting it to the Attorney General (AG) for further action and finalisation.


‘Iridium-192 theft a wake-up call’

March 17, 2017

I take it that you don’t have a canister in your backyard?

Dateline 2017-02-14, NST:

A security expert has cautioned that the theft of equipment, which contained canisters of radioactive material from an oil and gas exploration company here, could be more than what meets the eye. Counterterrorism specialist Andrin Raj said yesterday the radioactive material — Iridium-192 — was highly sought after by terror groups such as Islamic State, which use it to make dirty bombs. He said the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNe) threat was new in Southeast Asia. “For some years, there was only talk of the threat in Southeast Asia. “This (CBRNe) threat is (now) the the region’s new threat. “The Iridium-192 found in Klang is a worrying sign that Malaysia is becoming a major transit point and base for religious and violent extremists.


MNPC striving to table bill to safeguard nuclear power

February 23, 2017

Dateline 2017-01-24, Malaysiakini:

The Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) hopes the bill to safeguard the country’s nuclear power will be tabled in Parliament next year at the latest.

The bill, which will replace the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304), will pave the way for the country to have its own nuclear power generator as early as 2030.

MNPC chief executive officer Mohd Zamzam Jaafar said even though the government had decided against having a nuclear power generator before 2030, its development programme was still progressing to ensure that the country would have clean energy sources by then.

 


Nuclear electricity generation requires 100 years of commitment – MNPC

February 16, 2017

Just in time for my brain to be transferred to my liquid metal body, and hooked up to the organic calculating machine in the positronic Dyson sphere, equipted with Heisenberg compensators.

Dateline 2017-01-23, Borneo Post online:

Any introduction of nuclear energy for electricity generation will involve a commitment of at least a century from the government and all stakeholders, says the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC).

Director Datuk Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai said this included the commitment to maintain a sustainable national infrastructure, right from planning, selection of suitable sites, construction, commissioning and operation of the nuclear power plants to decommissioning, as well as, waste disposal and management.

“This requires a sound basis of national decision making founded on objective studies and assessment of national capabilities and state preparedness, supported by public awareness, understanding and acceptance,” he told a seminar on “Public Understanding of Nuclear Energy” here today.


‘More pros than cons to having nuclear plant’

January 5, 2017

Dateline 2016-11-29, The Sun:

Having a nuclear power plant has more advantages for the nation rather than disadvantages, said Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuclear Malaysia) Director-General, Datuk Dr. Muhamad Lebai Juri.

However, he added, they have to justify to the government on the need to have such a plant in Malaysia.

Speaking to reporters after officiating the Radiation Protection conference and workshop 2016 here organised by the Malaysian Radiation Protection Association (MARPA) in collaboration with Malaysian Nuclear Agency and Atomatic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) today, he said: “We can develop nuclear power as part of our energy mix strategy like other countries do.”

For that, he added, they need to maximise their energy resources such as hydraulic power first in order to develop nuclear power if they really need it.

Muhamad Lebai said the public need to be educated on the pros and cons of having a nuclear power plant, especially now with technological advancements.