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The Foreigner Norway-Russia nuclear accidents deal due. Both countries are to sign a bilateral agreement to notify one another of these, Tuesday. The deal rubber stamping is scheduled to take place during a meeting at a General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende called the signing “an important milestone in the nuclear safety and emergency response cooperation between our countries.”

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Norway-Russia nuclear accidents deal due

Published on Monday, 14th September, 2015 at 22:00 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

Both countries are to sign a bilateral agreement to notify one another of these, Tuesday.



The deal rubber stamping is scheduled to take place during a meeting at a General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende called the signing “an important milestone in the nuclear safety and emergency response cooperation between our countries.”

“The new procedures we are now establishing with Russia will ensure early notification in the event of a nuclear incident, which is crucial for Norway’s emergency preparedness,” he added.

Environmental organisation Bellona comments that hazards include nuclear powered navigation beacons and lighthouses along Arctic coastlines.

Some 200 rusted out Russia Northern Fleet nuclear submarines, leaky spent nuclear fuel, and radioactive waste storage facilities are also considered as being dangers.

There have been several blazes at Russian shipyard blazes in recent years whilst submarines have been under repair.

2011 saw a serious fire occur aboard Russian Delta class nuclear submarine the Yekaterinburg while she was dry docked at a shipyard in the northwestern Russia Murmansk Region.

The blaze was believed to have been in the torpedo compartment. While officials denied the vessel was loaded with nuclear weapons, two subsequent disclosures indicated otherwise.  

“After the 2011 fire, Norway understood this to be an event it should have been informed about,” said Bellona executive director and nuclear physicist Nils Bøhmer.

“An improvement to [the notification] agreement has been on the agenda for bilateral discussions,” because he story hit the media first, he also remarked.

The current bilateral deal is a strengthening of one signed in 1993. This occurred at what Bellona terms “a time of utter collapse of nuclear and radiation safety in the former Soviet Union.”

According to Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, the agreement will include observation of large-scale nuclear naval exercises on a regular basis.

These operations, which Russia has invited Norway to observe, are scheduled to take place more often, where the new procedures will be tried out.

“The joint notification procedures confirm once again that cooperation between Norway and Russia in this field is helping to build trust and enhance security on both sides of the border,” concluded the Foreign Minister.

Other bilateral deals between Norway and Russia include a 2013 agreement allowing Norwegian experts to help Russia handle her radioactive waste in a safe and proper manner.




Published on Monday, 14th September, 2015 at 22:00 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

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