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Nuclear Safety

One of the tasks of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) is to supervise Norwegian nuclear installations, including the research reactors owned and operated by the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) at Kjeller and in Halden. NRPA has the legal obligation to make recommendations with respect to the IFE’s licence to operate its facilities, while the decision is being taken by the King in Council. An integrated task is follow closely the nuclear power sector in general, particularly in those geographical areas whose facilities may represent a risk for the Norwegian population and interests.
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Norwegian nuclear facilities

NRPA supervises the safety of all Norwegian nuclear facilities: the two research reactors at Kjeller near Lillestrøm and in Halden, and the waste repository in Himdalen in Akershus county.
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Safeguards, non-proliferation and physical protection

The term ‘safeguards’ means control with nuclear material. Nuclear material could be used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Nuclear materials include uranium (enriched, natural and depleted), plutonium, and thorium. The management and control of nuclear materials entails maintaining an overview of the amounts and specific location of the different kinds of material to prevent theft or lost control. Physical protection is an important precaution here.
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