“Adopt Rigorous Environmental Impact Assessment and Nuclear 4-D Best Compliance Practise(BCP)”
Jeong Chun phuoc, 27th April 2011
The Competitive Legal Analysis
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster which registered a Level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale 25 years ago on the fateful date of 26 April 1986 and the recent radiation catastrophe in Fukushima on April 2011, Japan must not be taken out of context.
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster
According to International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group (INSAG 1), human fault or operator error was the first cause of the nuclear accident. INSAG-7 in its subsequent report noted that operation protocol and nuclear structural plant design deficiencies were identified as the contributing factors/causes of the accident.
The Fukushima nuclear radiation accident was caused primarily by the unexpected 9.0 magnitude earth quake which activated the devastating tsunami on 11 March 2011.
Identical Causes of Negligence
Both Chernobyl and Fukushima shared similar features : structural design fault and a lack of updated/enhanced nuclear best practices and both shared the same level 7 on the the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Best Compliance Practice(BCP)
Malaysia’s aspiration to have 2 or even 4 nuclear plants is a move in the right direction in the light of current global energy crisis and the Arab oil theatrics. But Malaysia must take a leaf from the Chernobyl and Fukushima’s nuclear accidents and adopt a rigorous international approach in Best Compliance Practice(BCP). There is also a severe lack of legal compliance at both domestic and international nuclear protocols, nuclear safety standards and environmental impact compliance (EIC) observation.
The ASEAN Compliance Path in Nuclear Sustainability
Developed nations especially the expanding Nuclear Club and developing nations around the world including ASEAN region, to name but a few, such as Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines etc have realise both the significance of nuclear power and Renewable Energy(RE) as twin thrusts in achieving energy sustainability in the long run.
The adoption of nuclear best practices and environmental impact compliance are therefore crucial in ensuring that the Chernobyl and Fukushima incidents will not be repeated in Malaysia and elsewhere in ASEAN/ASIA region.
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Jeong Chun Phuoc
Expert Consultant and a Pioneer Advocate in Competitive Legal Intelligence(CLI)
and a Reader in Competitive Syariah Intelligence(CSI)
He can be reached at Jeongphu@yahoo.com