Angolan MPs debate nuclear energy law

29 May 2007

Luanda, Angola, 29 May – Lawmakers in Angola’s parliament will debate draft legislation Tuesday to create a nuclear energy program aimed to protect people and property from radioactivity, state news agency Angop has reported.

The new laws were first proposed in 1999 following Angola’s joining of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), parliamentary spokesman Ventura de Azevedo said.

“With this membership, the Angolan state was obliged to adopt laws to ensure the protection and safety of people and goods from dangers created by radioactive mining activities in the country,” added Azevedo.

The risks to human life and the environment from the peaceful use of nuclear energy make legislation to regulate this activity necessary, he said.

Angola’s nuclear energy laws are in keeping with international norms approved in 1996 by the IAEA in conjunction with the UN’s FAO, WHO and ILO, noted Azevedo. (macauhub)