Nuclear safety

One of the tasks of the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) 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 DSA 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 DSA's supervision of nuclear safety in Norway is contained in the Nuclear Energy Activities Act and the Radiation Protection Act. These acts authorize DSA to supervise operations, issue operating permits, consider licensing applications and so forth.

  • Norwegian nuclear facilities

    Norwegian nuclear facilities

    The Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority 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

    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 an…

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