The National Nuclear Regulator in hot water

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has scheduled another round of hearings which started on Monday 3rd of June 2024, due to public dissatisfaction with the governance and public participation process for the Koeberg lifetime operation (LTO) extension. Civil society organizations, including The Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) amongst others, and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, have voiced their dissatisfaction with the overall governance and public participation process. According to a statement, the NNR acknowledged that the public required more information but this only came after civil society organizations voiced their dissatisfaction. Francesca de Gasparis, Executive Director at SAFCEI touched on this matter and elaborated with the following... INSERT[SAFCEI] According to the statement the International Atomic Energy Agency's safety recommendations were not implemented during a Safety Aspects of Long-Term Operations evaluation and in November 2022, 22 non-compliance concerns were discovered during Koeberg's emergency compliance drills. Earthlife Africa director Makoma Lekalakala worries that extending Koeberg's life will lead to more hazardous waste and environmental impacts.  

Journalist: Tasha-Ree Kella

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