National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on collaboration in nuclear and radiation safety, emergency preparedness and response, Channel News Asia reports.
NEA’s partnership with DEMA is meant to enhance Singapore’s capabilities in radiological operational readiness and incident response.
The partnership will provide a platform for NEA and DEMA to share and exchange knowledge and technical expertise in several areas — environmental radiation monitoring, risk assessment of surface contamination, and public protection policies and measures.
Staff exchange visits and attachment programmes are also included in the partnership.
Director of NEA’s Centre for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Mr Ang Kok Kiat and chief advisor of DEMA’s Nuclear Division Mr Steen Cordt Hoe signed the LOI at the sidelines of the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety held in Koriyama City of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
The collaboration with DEMA was first mooted following a multi-agency delegation visit to Denmark led by NEA’s chief executive officer, Mr Andrew Tan, in October 2011.
DEMA, a government agency under the Danish Ministry of Defence, is tasked with leading the Danish response to nuclear emergencies abroad for protection of the population and environment.
DEMA’s nuclear emergency management capabilities include a nation-wide automatic monitoring system and forecasting of possible radioactive fallout on the basis of current weather data.