RSRP Participates in Regional Caribbean IAEA Meeting in Jamaica

April 18th, 2016 — 

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) of The University of West Indies organized the First Coordination Meeting for the IAEA Regional Project RLA/9/081 “STRENGTHENING CRADLE-TO-GRAVE CONTROL OF RADIOACTIVE SOURCES”. The following countries participated in the meeting: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago. Several of these countries have recently become IAEA member states. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) and Department of Energy (USDOE) were invited to contribute with the meeting.

The event focused on identifying individual participant countries needs and drafting a workplan in order to develop regulatory and physical infrastructure to improve regulatory control of sealed radioactive sources. An overview of USNRC efforts to support control of radioactive sources through the IAEA Code of Conduct and the main elements of the RSRP program was delivered to participants. Based on the foreseen challenges, the USNRC/AdSTM met with several participant country representatives to explore potential collaboration aimed to enhance proper control of radioactive sources and achieve the established goals for this RLA Project. The event was held in Kingston, Jamaica, from April 4th to 8th, 2016.