23 Aug 2019 16:33

Uzbekistan's parliament passes bill on uses of nuclear energy

TASHKENT. Aug 23 (Interfax) - The upper chamber of Uzbekistan's parliament has passed a bill on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, which outlines legal mechanisms for the work of nuclear facilities, an Interfax correspondent reported from the parliament.

"The bill has special significance in terms of the development of a unified state policy and strategic planning in the sphere of the development of nuclear energy and its use," Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense and Security Farrukh Dadakhodzhayev said, presenting the bill to the Senate.

Basic principles such as protecting lives and health, the property of individuals and judicial entities, and the environment, ensuring transparency, and preventing the production of nuclear energy are reflected in the bill, Dadakhodzhayev said.

The bill includes regulations and rules for using nuclear energy, he said.

It "stipulates that decisions on building nuclear facilities and storage sites are to be made by the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the suggestion of the cabinet of ministers," Dadakhodzhayev said. The term "nuclear facility" refers to structures and complexes with nuclear reactors.

The experience of over 50 countries was studied during the elaboration of the bill. Representatives of Uzbekistan visited Russia's Novovoronezhskaya GRES, Japan's Tokai, and Hungary's Paks 2, studying the way they operate and relevant legislation.