Measures in place to handle nuclear accidents at Changi Naval Base

Measures in place to handle nuclear accidents at Changi Naval Base
Nuclear-powered vessels docked at Changi Naval Base are subject to strict measures to ensure public safety, such as the ban on fuel handling and repairs to the reactor plants.

SINGAPORE - Nuclear-powered vessels docked at Changi Naval Base are subject to strict measures to ensure public safety, such as the ban on fuel handling and repairs to the reactor plants.

Governments of nuclear-powered vessels calling at CNB are also required to submit their annual safety audit reports on their operation of these vessels.

Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said in a written parliamentary reply to Assoc Prof Tan Kheng Boon Eugene that there are systems in place that takes round-the-clock readings of air quality, water and sea-bed samples to detect any changes to the normal background environmental radiation level.

To date, all readings have been within safety limits as set by international norms.

There are also contingency plans involving different government agencies such as the SCDF, SAF, SPF, MOH, HSA, and NEA to respond to and contain any incidents.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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