Atomic Energy Commission
The Prime Minister is the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. The State activities related to this field take place in two centers: The Center for Nuclear Research at Nahal Sorek (CNR Sorek) and the Center for Nuclear Research in the Negev (CNR).
The Atomic Energy Commission advises the Government on all matters related to nuclear research and development, determining policy and priorities in this field, implementing policies outlined by the government and representing the State of Israel to national and international institutions dealing with nuclear power (i.e. The International Agency for Atomic Energy located in Vienna, and others).
The Department for Nuclear Engineering operates in a range of areas, mainly: promoting the topic of reactor power in Israel and the development of the necessary infrastructure (nuclear fuel and clearing nuclear waste); long-term planning, including testing advanced reactor technologies and following-up with their future implementation; researching desalinization of sea-water combined with nuclear energy.
The Licensing and Safety Department formulates safety goals, rules and technical safety criteria, and will accordingly plan, build and operate nuclear power stations in Israel, and test the safety aspects related to building such a plant. The Department oversees safety in the nuclear centers (CNR Sorek, CNR) and in the treatment of radioactive waste in Israel, coordinates and advises in the field of nuclear standardization, and participates, with other authorities, in overseeing the dangers of radiation in Israel.
The unit for diplomatic relations is responsible for developing international contacts and cooperation in the areas of the Commission's activities. The director of the unit is also the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Commission.