UNAIR NEWS – If we hear the word ‘nuclear’, we will first often think about fear and destruction. Actually there are more potentials of this nuclear power to be used in various sectors for human prosperity.
“We we talk about nuclear, people will think of destruction and fear. But nuclear is not that bad, there are many benefits and usefulness we can get from nuclear for the prosperity of society,” said Dr. Ir. Sudi Ariyanto, M.Eng, as the head of education and training of National Nuclear Power Agency (Pusdiklat BATAN).
The nuclear topic was discussed in National Seminar: Technological Development and Regulation Nuclear Power” held by Faculty of Law Universitas Airlangga on Thursday, September 22. It was held in Pancasila Hall, Building A FH UNAIR and attended by students, lecturers, or the members of NGOs.
Currently, Indonesia has three nuclear reactors in Serpong, Bandung, and Yogyakarta. Furthermore, there is also exploratory area of Uranium in Kalan, West Kalimantan. The nuclear power can be used for prosperity through its radiation power it emits. The power can be applied for Agricultural, Animal Husbandry, Natural Resources, Energy, Preservation and even Medical sector.
“As of now, there are 21 plant varieties of rice produced by the nuclear technology,” said Sudi.
Regarding the Nuclear Powered Electric Generator (PLTN), Sudi explained that in the world, there are 60 nuclear plants and 450 nuclear reactors in operation. In terms of construction, China has the most with 20 plants and the USA has the most nuclear reactors with 100 reactors.
Beside Sudi, the seminar was attended by Director of Nuclear Material and Installation Management and Supervision of Nuclear Power Supervising Agency (BAPETEN), Dr. Yudi Pramono, and two FH UNAIR lecturers, Dr. Intan Innayatun Soeparna, S.H., M.Hum and Koesrianti S.H., LL.M., Ph.D.
In the Indonesian Law Number 10 of 1997 on Nuclear Power, Yudi emphasized that every nuclear power development is obliged to get the permit, including on reactor operation and installation also decommissioning as stated in the regulation.
From the perspective of international law, Intan and Koesrianti explained the nuclear law dynamics. The development of nuclear industry should be supervised as it could be used wrongly that it causes damage and destruction as tragedy happened in the end of World War II. (*)
Author: M. Ahalla Tsauro
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.