IAEA Implemen’s Program on Radiation Safety in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)The International Atomic Enery Agency is presently implementing the second stage of a program aimed at upgrading radiation and waste safety infrastructures in Armenia.

The program began in 1996 and is scheduled to last for five years. It is planned to improve and upgrade the system of dosage control in medical radiation as well as solving the problems associated with the prevention of radiation accidents.

At present–a list of radiation materials is being compiled in Armenia. It is expected that this work will be completed by June. According to Alejandro Bilbao–Regional Field Manager and IAEA expert– surveys show that the material-technical bases of these establishmen’s do not meet modern requiremen’s. Bilbao said that it is planned to help Armenia design a bill which would raise radiation safety. He also informed that it is the biggest program IAEA is presently implementing.

The program is underway in 53 countries–including 11 states in Eastern Europe and the former USSR.

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