International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deputy director general T Taniguchi on 17-11-2008 said safety and security of nuclear power plants should be given top priority as lot of new entrants are opting for it.
This is applicable to the countries with existing nuclear power plants as well as the new entrants and those countries who go for nuclear renaissance, Taniguchi said in his presidential address at an international conference on 'Topical Issues in Nuclear Installation Safety: Ensuring safety for sustainable nuclear development'.
"As lot of new entrants are opting for nuclear power, it was important to have strong and independent national regulatory bodies," he said .
The regulatory bodies should have independence so that safety regulations are carried out independently and be free from undue pressure from any interested party, deputy director general of IAEA T Taniguchi said.
However, he said, regulatory independence is an evolutionary process and it was important to achieve strong safety management culture.
While the chairman of French Nuclear Safety Authority, A C Lacoste, said nuclear safety is a "national responsibility" and can be achieved through experience and sharing knowledge at bilateral and multilateral meetings.
In France, the regulatory body was set up 35 years ago and was de facto independent, he said, adding "but only in 2006 we got full independence, after 33 years."
Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Board is 25-year-old and step by step it could achieve complete Independence soon, Lacoste added.
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