In March 2019, lawmakers in Nepal proposed to the Safe & peaceful Use of Nuclear & Radioactive Materials bill.
Originally drafted almost a decade ago the bill was presumably dead on arrival but is now being resurrected in the wake of recently discovered uranium deposits in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal.
The bill was in December 2018 & in subsequent months a contentious debate has emerged on whether or not Nepal’s future should include nuclear power.The nuclear bill would make uranium mining, enrichment, import, & export permissible & establish Nepal as a place where nuclear & radioactive substances could be available for use.It would allow uranium enrichment facilities as well as which produce neutrons from enriched uranium to be used in medicine industry & other research but do not generate power.
To the nuclear & radioactive power sector the bill would allot non-transferable licenses & establish sanctions for technology misuse resulting in injury or death.When proposed amendments came out in March, most excluded the word nuclear from the bill.
Almost all lawmakers thought that nuclear power if at all should be addressed in a rather than 1 regarding the use of radioactive materials.
Many also opposed storage of nuclear weapons & nuclear power generation as a whole.
For now, it is up to parliament to decide how the bill should be amended to address these concerns.Back in 2014, a ground radiometric survey revealed a in Nepal’s Upper Mustang region.Upper Mustang, formerly the elusive is tucked into the Himalayas right at Nepal’s northern border with Tibet.
1 of the most remote & isolated areas of the world the entire Mustang region is home to around.
The Mustang region also accounts for more than 15 percent of Nepal’s glaciers, which feed the Kali Gandaki River.
Despite the small population in its immediate surroundings, the larger watershed provides water to some 40 million people.
Preliminary research confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency suggests that the 10 kilometer long, 3 kilometer-wide uranium deposit in Upper Mustang could be of the highest grade.Currently, however, there is no law governing uranium extraction or nuclear technology use in Nepal.
In the absence of such legislation, the government has no means to carry out these activities which can be exorbitantly expensive to undertake.