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A Game-Changing Move in Nuclear Safety: Authority in Nuclear Regulation

The Regulatory Nuclear Authority of Argentina has recently made a groundbreaking decision that has the potential to reshape the landscape of nuclear safety regulations. In Resolution 78/2024, dated February 29, 2024, the authority announced a pivotal move that underscores its commitment to ensuring the safe operation of nuclear activities within the country.

A Closer Look at Resolution 78/2024

Let’s delve into the details of Resolution 78/2024 and understand its implications for the nuclear industry in Argentina.

Background and Legal Framework

Resolution 78/2024 is framed within the context of Act No. 24.804, the National Law on Nuclear Activity, and its Regulatory Decree No. 1390/98. According to Article 9(a) of Law No. 24.804, any individual or entity engaging in nuclear activities in Argentina must comply with regulations set forth by the Regulatory Nuclear Authority (ARN) and obtain the necessary licenses, permits, or authorizations.

Key Considerations

The resolution emphasizes the authority of the ARN to grant, suspend, or revoke licenses, permits, or authorizations related to radioactive materials. It highlights the recommendations put forth by the Radiological Safety, Physical Safety, and Safeguards Management, along with the Industrial Applications Control sub-management, in favor of processing the license application procedures outlined in Minute No. 631.

The Decision

After careful deliberation and taking into account the input from various departments within the ARN, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority’s board made a definitive decision. In its meeting on February 21, 2024 (Minute No. 6), the board resolved to:

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  • Grant the Operating Licenses listed in Minute No. 631, pertaining to Industrial Applications, as detailed in the annex accompanying this resolution.
  • Communicate this decision to the General Secretariat and the Radiological Safety, Physical Safety, and Safeguards Management, and notify the applicants of the Operating Licenses.

Furthermore, the decision will be published in the Official Gazette of the Argentine Republic and archived for reference.

Final Thoughts

This resolution signifies a crucial step in upholding the highest standards of safety and regulatory compliance in nuclear activities within Argentina. By ensuring that all operations adhere to established norms and procedures, the Regulatory Nuclear Authority aims to safeguard both public health and the environment.

Stay tuned for further updates as the ARN continues its mission to promote the safe and responsible use of nuclear energy in Argentina.

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