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Dam safety supervision

Thanks to stringent legal provisions and expert supervision by the SFOE, Switzerland's major reservoirs and dams are safe, as a recent safety audit carried out on behalf of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) has confirmed. However, the report - which is now available on the SFOE web site - strongly recommends that the SFOE as supervisory authority should urgently increase the number of inspection personnel and implement additional organisational measures in order to optimise safety inspections. The General Secretariat of DETEC has requested the SFOE to submit a corresponding action plan by the end of October 2010.

The Federal Council already confirmed its awareness of the need for additional safety inspectors in May (see media release dated 19 May 2010).

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Supervision of safety

Further information

Media release dated 19 may 2010 – Verstärkung der Sicherheitsaufsicht über die Schweizer Stauanlagen (in German)
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Last update: 01.07.2010


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