Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the nature and extent of international organizations' efforts to strengthen their responses to nuclear emergencies; (2) current efforts of the U.S. government and international organizations to address nuclear safety problems; and (3) efforts to achieve greater international nuclear power plant safety.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of State||1. The Secretary of State, in cooperation with IAEA member states, should promote the adoption of uniform and higher levels of safety standards for nuclear power plants. The present international climate may propel IAEA member states into adopting binding standards. The Secretary of State should, therefore, reassess the U.S. position against mandatory compliance with safety standards.|
|Department of State||2. The Secretary of State should propose to other IAEA member states that: (1) IAEA be given more discretion in selecting reactors for review under the OSART program; (2) more of those reviews be made; and (3) IAEA routinely follow up on its operational safety review recommendations to ascertain if they have been implemented.|