Parliament passes atomic energy bill
Thu, May 31st, 2012 11:23 pm BdST
Dhaka, May 31 (bdnews24.com) –Parliament passed Bangladesh Atomic Energy Control Bill on Thursday with provision to fine the foreign operators of nuclear plants in case of any accident.
Amidst walkout by only independent MP Fazlul Azim, the House passed the bill through voice vote.
Now President Zillur Rahman will sign the bill into law.
The bill also has provisions to fine and jail those involved with spying on Bangladesh's nuclear activities or steal technology.
State Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman presented the bill and MP Azim walked out as he was not given 'enough' time to present 10 amendments.
Parliament's Presidium Member Ali Ashraf was conducting the session.
The bill, nodded by the Cabinet on Mar 29, proposed to form a regulatory body with a chairman and four members.
As per the bill, the panel will oversee whether the law is implemented properly.
The bill has provisions not to allow any unauthorised person, operator or overseas operator to select site for setting up any nuclear or radiation installation, prepare design, carryout construction, commission, operate and decommission, shut down disposal center of nuclear waste and open any restricted area without approval under the rules of the authorities.
The other provisions are for the process of approving nuclear radiation and nuclear waste disposal centers, authorisation of controlling import and export of related equipment, suspension and cancellation of approval, safety and security of radioactive material, protection against radiation, physical safety, procedure of maintaining state accounts related to nuclear materials, management of nuclear waste and used fuel, taking emergency preparation and measures.
It also has provisions of preparing nuclear and radiological emergency plan, liability of operator or overseas operator, liability of duration of transportation, responsibility, financial safeguard, compensation, jurisdiction, inspection and taking measures, misdeeds, trials and punishments.