EPA benefits from IAEA Partnership

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Guyana became a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on January 27, 2015. To date, Guyana has become increasingly more interested in the use of nuclear technology in various sectors. These include Health, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Water and Environment. This requires regulatory oversight from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To improve the national regulatory capacity for the safe and secure use of nuclear technology in Guyana, the IAEA has partnered with the Government of Guyana to provide technical assistance.

In order to be prepared for the direction Guyana is currently heading with oil production scheduled to commence shortly, Officers from the Air Quality and Noise Management Programme benefitted from three (3) training courses during the month of May, 2019.

Environmental Officers, Ms. Avanelle Jackson and Ms. Tricia Noble attended the Regional Training Course on Basic Radiation Protection for End-Users and Regulators in Antigua and Barbuda. Environmental Officer, Ms Gwenetta Fordyce attended the Regional Training Course on Authorisation and Inspections for the Security of Radioactive Materials and Associated facilities in Montevideo, Uruguay and Ms. Tashana Redmond, Senior Environmental Officer, attended the IAEA Regional Training Course on Drafting and Coordinating National Radiological Emergency in Vienna, Austria.

The Seminar on the Amendment Convention for Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM) was held in Vienna, Austria and attended by Ms. Ladonna Kissoon, Environmental Officer. The objective of the Conference was to facilitate adherence to and implementation of the 2005 Amendment to the CPPNM, raise awareness of the importance of the Amendment and the process for ratification among States, particularly non-IAEA Member States and Member States that do not have Permanent Missions in Vienna.