IAEA Clarification of Convention on Supplemental Compensation Issues and Indian Liability Law (Taken Question)

Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 29, 2011

Question: Does the U.S. consider the IAEA an appropriate platform or body to adjudicate on liability matters, and is there a precedent for that? By asking for the IAEA to get involved is it the U.S.'s position that the India liability bill does not in fact conform to the Convention on Supplemental Compensation?

Answer: The IAEA is an appropriate venue for clarification on issues related to the Convention on Supplementary Compensation on Nuclear Damage (CSC), which deals with international nuclear liability. The Agency can be helpful in assisting countries in evaluating their compliance with the CSC. There continue to be serious concerns that India’s 2010 nuclear liability law is not consistent with the CSC.

PRN: 2011/1632