DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM: NUCLEAR REGULATION

The role of DEA T Presentation to the Portfolio Committee: June 2007

The Intergovernmental Context

         DME main department responsible for nuclear issues - policy and legislation as well as National Nuclear Regulator. Includes policy on radioactive waste management

 

         DPE as custodian of state owned enterprises as role in relation to establishment of facilities

 

         DST role in relation to custodianship of R+D

 

         Deat has limited regulatory role - no policy role

 

DEA T's Role

         Establishment of nuclear facilities is a listed activity in terms of EIA Regulations

 

         DEAT responsible for authorising applications for nuclear related EIAs

 

         Also role in relation to nuclear waste to the extent that it is not dealt with by other legislation. (NNR Act, Nuclear Act, Health legislation)

 

Managing Nuclear EIAs

 

         Deat authorising body

 

         Currently two applications - PBMR and conventional nuclear

 

         MOU with the NNR. NNR responsible for licencing safety case and DEAT responsible for EIA authorisation. DEA T represented on NNR Board.

 

         Agreement that the two bodies will not duplicate or repeat each others' work environment & tourism

 

In assessing technical issues DEA T establishes panel of national and international nuclear experts

 

All existing government policies, legislation and prescripts taken into account in decision making

 

DEA T takes decisions on nuclear issues in relation to the facts of the given application and in the context of established policy and legislation.

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