Nuclear Power Safety:

International Measures in Response to Chernobyl Accident

NSIAD-88-131BR: Published: Apr 8, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1988.

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) potential for an expanded nuclear safety role, specifically its: (1) undertaking greater responsibility for inspecting nuclear power plant reactors; and (2) setting up an international mechanism for rapid response to mitigate the consequences of a nuclear accident.

GAO found that: (1) following the Chernobyl accident, IAEA enacted two international agreements to enhance cooperation in providing information and emergency assistance following a nuclear accident; (2) some countries believe that the agreements do not sufficiently obligate countries to report nuclear accidents promptly; (3) because IAEA can only undertake activities that its member states approve, it is limited to giving technical advice on radiological safety and facilitating member cooperation; (4) member states have provided additional funding for IAEA to increase the number of its safety reviews in countries with nuclear power programs; and (5) many members believe that a mandatory standards and verification regime would infringe on national sovereignty and would be expensive, impractical, and of questionable benefit.

Jul 17, 2014

Jul 11, 2014

Jun 23, 2014

Jun 9, 2014

Jun 5, 2014

May 30, 2014

May 16, 2014

May 15, 2014

May 7, 2014

May 1, 2014

Looking for more? Browse all our products here