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South America & ISO
To kick off this new CRL topic, just thought I'd rant a bit about how ridiculous the nuclear regime is when it comes to standards.

What standards? Let's see... how long ago was it that ISO (International Organization for Standardization) got together and decided to ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’ ... well, they officially began in 1947 (About ISO https://www.iso.org/about-us.html).

Interesting how that coincides with development of atomic energy which hit a milestone in 1946 in the US (The Development Of Nuclear Energy For Peaceful Applications https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/...ergy_0.pdf). And, yet, all around the world there are critical infrastructure and manufacturing situations in the nuclear industry which are not apparently on the same page.

Reporting of incidents is of particular concern to me as I live in Uruguay (which has no nuclear energy facilities) and am located downwind from several nuclear operations in Argentina. On the other other side of Uruguay, in Brasil - Nuclear Sul and Medicina Nuclear are located on the coast not far from the Rio Branco and Punta del Diablo.

I have searched for information on nuclear facilities in South America. What I have found is very limited and usually very dated - in fact - it all feels very 1950s in style and presentation. There are apparently no emergency reporting systems for the public.

With so many infrastructure issues being reported on other countries as aging nuclear facilities break down and management fails to contain radioactive materials, Brasil and Argentina appear squeaky clean, but, that's only because there is no news provided publicly about the condition of their facilities. 

Uruguay really ought be more proactive in their dialog with both countries concerning safety issues, communications about incidents and waste standards and practices.

Finally, IAEA really ought be going after each nuclear nation to require them to comply to a global standard of operations in all areas of nuclear development, management, and communications.

Not to forget that I wrote to the IAEA about the INLEX 7-9 June 2017 liabilities meeting and never heard back from anyone about my concerns (caferadlab.com/thread-1978.html).
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