IAEA meets to tighten laws on security of nuclear stations, materials

IAEA meets to tighten laws on security of nuclear stations, materials

[JURIST] The International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] in Vienna begins a five-day conference [conference website] Monday to consider toughening international laws governing the security of nuclear power stations. Representatives from over 100 countries will discuss amending the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material [summary and text], a treaty that applies to the transport, domestic storage and peaceful use of nuclear material. If amended, the new rules would create new international standards to prevent sabotage and protect nuclear material, as well as require cooperation between countries in recovering stolen and smuggled material. However, treaty making will be a slow process as domestic laws in some countries must be amended and the changes must be ratified by all members. AP has more.