The use of nuclear power cannot be separated from waste quagmire. It has been known that radioactive waste cannot be dumped in improper way. Radioactive waste must be managed under a proper and environment-friendly procedure.

BAPETEN, taking into account the said problem, and IAEA held the Regional Workshop to Promote the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management in Jakarta, Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Participants who joined the host delegates came from a number of countries such as Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Indonesia itself has signed the joint convention and ratified it through the issue of Presidential Regulation No. 84/2010.

Understanding that there are still many Asian countries, especially in its southeast part, that have yet to sign the joint convention, IAEA said it hoped that countries participating the Jakarta event to ratify the document. This is important step that will help countries measure the safety of their respective radioactive waste management facility.

It is hoped that, through joining the joint convention, countries could improve the quality of their facilities and protect their citizens from potential hazards of radioactive waste.

The Jakarta workshop was opened by BAPETEN head Jazi Eko Istiyanto, accompanied by deputy for assessment of nuclear safety Yus Rusdian Akhmad, IAEA experts Sandra Geupel and Mathews George, as well as ARPANSA’s Geoffrey Williams. (bho/pd)