ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of the Atomic Energy Authority.

3. Disqualification for being appointed or being member of the Authority.

4. Term of office of members of the Authority.

5. Chairman of the Authority.

6. Remuneration of members of the Authority.

7. Remuneration for employment of members of the Authority otherwise than as such member.

8. The Authority to be a corporation.

9. Seal of the Authority.

10. The Authority may acquire and hold properly, raise loans, appoint the necessary staff.

11. Quorum.

12. The Authority may act despite vacancy.

13. Disclosure of interest of a member of the Authority in a contract made or proposed to be made by the Authority.

14. The Authority may regulate its procedure.

15. Functions of the Authority.

16. Powers of the Authority in regard to the production, use and disposal of atomic energy.

17. Power to obtain information.

18. Control of importation, exportation, production, acquisition, treatment, storage, transport and disposal of radioactive materials.

19. Regulations for the control of the sale and supply of radioactive materials and of the use of irradiating apparatus, for certain purposes.

20. Safety regulations for certain occupations.

21. Use of installations, equipment and materials for laboratory or experimental purposes.

22. No atomic weapon to be produced or developed.

23. Powers of entry and inspection.

24. Compulsory acquisition of land required by the Authority.

25. Compulsory acquisition of plant required by the Authority.

26. Acquisition of certain rights to patents by the Authority.

27. Compulsory acquisition by the Authority of rights under contracts.

28. Funds of the Authority.

29. Disclosure of information obtained under the Act.

30. Punishment for offences under this Act.

31. Advisory Committee.

32. Accounts and audit thereof.

33. Information furnished to and directions given by, the Minister.

34. Annual report.

35. Provident fund.

36. State land and State buildings.

37. Exemptions from certain duties and taxes.

38. Protection of members of the Authority for action taken under this Act or on the direction of the Authority.

39. No writ to issue against person or property of a member of the Authority.

40. Regulations.

41. Compensation for injury.

42. Interpretation.

SCHEDULE

19 of 1969.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of an Atomic Energy Authority and an advisory committee to advise such authority, to specify the powers, duties, rights and functions of such authority, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 25th June, 1969]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Atomic Energy Authority Act.

2. Establishment of the Atomic Energy Authority.

(1) There shall be established an Authority which shall be called the Atomic Energy Authority (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the "Authority”).

(2) The Authority shall consist of not less than four and not more than seven members appointed by the Minister from among persons who appear to the Minister to have had experience and shown capacity in dealing with matters connected with atomic energy, administration or finance.

3. Disqualification for being appointed or being member of the Authority.

A person shall be disqualified for, being appointed or being a member of the Authority so long as he is a Member of Parliament.

4. Term of office of members of the Authority.

(1) Every member of the Authority shall hold and vacate his office in accordance with the terms of his appointment, but he may resign his office by letter addressed to the Minister. He shall, on ceasing to be a member, be eligible for reappointment.

(2) The Minister may, if he thinks it expedient to do so, remove from office any member of the Authority.

5. Chairman of the Authority.

(1) The Minister shall appoint one of the members of the Authority to be its Chairman.

(2) The Chairman of the Authority shall hold and vacate his office in accordance with the terms of his appointment, but he may resign his office by letter addressed to the Minister. He shall, on vacating his office, be eligible, so long as he is a member of the Authority, for reappointment.

6. Remuneration of members of the Authority.

Where the Minister, in consultation with the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, decides that remuneration should be paid to each member of the Authority and determines the remuneration to be so paid, the Authority shall pay such remuneration.

7. Remuneration for employment of members of the Authority otherwise than as such member.

Where any member, other than the Chairman, of the Authority is employed about the affairs of the Authority otherwise than as such member, the Authority shall pay to that member such remuneration, if any, (in addition to any remuneration to which he may be entitled in respect of his office as such member), as the Minister may, in consultation with the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, determine.

8. The Authority to be a Corporation.

The Authority shall, by the name assigned to it by subsection (1) of section 2, be a body corporate and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.

9. Seal of the Authority.

The seal of the Authority—

(a) shall be in the custody of such person as the Authority may from time to time determine;

(b) may be altered in such manner as may be determined by the Authority; and

(c) shall not be affixed to any document except with the sanction of the Authority and in the presence of two members of the Authority who shall sign the document in token of their presence.

10. The Authority may acquire and hold property, raise loans, appoint the necessary staff.

(1) The Authority may acquire, hold, take or give on lease or hire, mortgage, pledge and sell or otherwise dispose of any movable or immovable property.

(2) The Authority may appoint such officers and servants as may be necessary for the performance of the work of the Authority. The conditions of employment, including remuneration, of any officer or servant appointed under this subsection shall be determined by the Authority.

(3) The Authority may do such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of its purposes.

11. Quorum.

The quorum for a meeting of the Authority shall be three.

12. The Authority may act despite vacancy.

The Authority may among members so long as the number of members of the Authority is sufficient to constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Authority.

13. Disclosure of interest of a member of the Authority in a contract made or proposed to be made by the Authority.

(1) A member of the Authority who is directly or indirectly interested in a contract made or proposed to be made by the Authority shall, as soon as possible after the relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Authority.

(2) Any disclosure made by a member of the Authority under subsection (1) shall be recorded in the minutes of the Authority and that member—

(a) shall not take part after the disclosure in any deliberation or decision of the Authority with respect to the contract to which the disclosure relates, and

(b) shall be disregarded for the purpose of constituting a quorum of the Authority for any such deliberation or decision.

14. The Authority may regulate its procedure.

Subject to the other provisions of this Act, the Authority may regulate its procedure.

15. Functions of the Authority.

(1) The Authority shall undertake and make arrangements for the conduct of research and development activities relating to—

(a) the production of atomic energy, including processes, materials, and devices relating to such production;

(b) the utilisation of fissionable and radioactive materials for medical, agricultural, industrial and other peaceful purposes;

(c) the protection of health during such research and development activities;

(d) the protection of health of persons employed at premises or places in which any radioactive materials are manufactured, produced, treated, stored or used or any irradiating apparatus is used, and the prevention of injury caused by ionizing radiations to the health of other persons; and

(e) the protection of health of persons transporting radioactive materials.

(2) The arrangements referred to in subsection (1) shall contain such provisions to protect health, to minimise danger from explosion and other hazards to life and property, and to require the reporting and to permit the inspection of work performed thereunder, as the Authority may determine.

16. Powers of the Authority in regard to the production, use and disposal of atomic energy.

The Authority shall have power—

(a) to produce, use and dispose of atomic energy and carry out research into any matters connected therewith;

(b) to manufacture or otherwise produce, buy or otherwise acquire, store and transport any article which in the opinion of the Authority is, or is likely to be required for or in connection with the production or use of atomic energy or such research as aforesaid, and to dispose of any article manufactured, produced, bought or otherwise acquired by the Authority;

(c) to manufacture or otherwise produce, buy or otherwise acquire, treat, store, transport and dispose of any radioactive material;

(d) to do all such things (including the erection of buildings and the execution of works) as appear to the Authority necessary for the exercise of the aforementioned powers;

(e) to make arrangements with universities and other institutions or persons both in Sri Lanka and abroad and Government Departments for the conduct of research into matters connected with atomic energy or radioactive materials and, with the approval of the Minister given in consultation with the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, to make grants or loans to universities and. other institutions or persons and Government Departments engaged in the production or use of atomic energy or radioactive materials or in research into matters connected with atomic energy or radioactive materials;

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