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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.

The NRPA has been especially involved in this subject through its efforts in improving nuclear safety in Eastern Europe pursuant to the Government’s Action Plan for Nuclear Safety. Of particular interest are the contacts with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority and the Finnish Radiation Protection Centre (STUK).

The legal authority for NRPA’s supervision of nuclear safety in Norway is contained in the Nuclear Energy Activities Act and the Radiation Protection Act. These acts authorize NRPA to supervise operations, issue operating permits, consider licensing applications and so forth.