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All countries, including Russia, must observe international organizations' nuclear energy safety guidelines

Eduardo Sastre. Photo: Lita Krone/LETA.
 RIGA, Nov 26 - International organizations' nuclear energy safety guidelines provide minimum standards that must be observed by all countries, including Russia, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) expert Eduardo Sastre said in an interview with "Nozare.lv".
Sastre was asked for advice on how to be sure that neighboring countries, which have lower standards, for example, in environmental protection, construct safe nuclear power plants.
"We have also had such concerns and we have voiced them at the international level. International organizations come up with guidelines, setting minimum safety standards that are agreed upon by all countries. One of the ways to be sure of safety is to keep close watch and ensure that all countries observe the guidelines," said Sastre.
Russia is a member of these organizations, and the International Atomic Energy Agency carries out regular inspections, pointed out the expert.
Sastre is a technical reviewer at the NRC in the Office of New Reactors. For the last four years, he has been the leading chemical engineer for the review of new reactor applications. In this role, he has reviewed all major reactor designs and license applications, written regulatory guidance, and presented his safety findings to the NRC Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards and the Commission. Sastre also serves as the NRC representative to the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency's Working Group in the Regulation of New Reactors.
Sastre visited Latvia at the beginning of November. He met with representatives from the Riga Technical University, the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry and "Latvenergo", gave a lecture to students at the Institute of Solid State Physics at the University of Latvia and visited the Radiation Security Center at the Salaspils Nuclear Reactor site.
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