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EU gives no safety assessments on nuclear plants

Friday, November 25, 2011

Laaska news  Nov. 25,2011

The European Union has released an interim report on its stress tests for the bloc’s nuclear reactors, but gave no safety evaluations.

In response to the Fukushima nuclear accident in March, the EU has been conducting stress tests since June on all 143 reactors in 14 of its member nations.

The tests check whether the reactors can withstand the effects of a major earthquake, tsunami, or other natural disasters, as well as possible accidents, such as a plane crash.

The EU unveiled its preliminary report on Thursday after compiling accounts from member countries that were created based on self-assessments by nuclear plant operators.

The report concludes that no nuclear plants in the EU need to be closed immediately. But the EU gives no safety assessments as the format and content of the national accounts vary substantially.

The EU plans to draw up a final report by next June, after a peer review by member states’ nuclear regulators.

NHK.

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Some EU nations mull improving safety margins of nuclear plants

BRUSSELS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — Some member states of the European Union (EU) are considering raising the safety margins of nuclear power plants to enhance their ability to withstand natural disasters and accidents, a report released by the European Commission said on Thursday.

According to the interim report on nuclear stress tests, none of the EU nations reported the need for taking immediate measures or stopping the operation of nuclear power plants.

However, while the stress tests are on track, some nations have already considering revising the safety margins of their nuclear power plants to improve capabilities against flooding, power failure, cooling system malfunction, as well as earthquakes, the report said.

The report suggested that the EU nations should work on common criteria for siting, design, construction and operation of nuclear power plants.

The EU started stress tests on their 143 nuclear power plants on June 1 this year, which aims to avert an accident like the one at Japan’s Fukushima plant.

The tests will check nuclear power plants for their capabilities to withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, as well as for man-made failures such as airplane crashes and explosion.

The final report is to be completed by the end of April 2012 and will be made public.

Xinhua.

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