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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Discord over European nuclear plant tests

Financial Times
May 3, 2011

Europe’s nuclear power plants would not have to prove their ability to withstand the force of an aircraft crash under stress tests being drafted by regulators.

The possibility of an aeroplane collision was the most glaring omission among scenarios laid out in a proposal for the stress tests, the centrepiece of the European Union’s plan to ensure the safety of its 143 nuclear plants after Japan’s Fukushima crisis.

The draft document was prepared by the western European nuclear regulators’ association, a group of national safety inspectors, and will form the basis for a proposal. It explicitly mentions the need to ensure that plants are capable of withstanding earthquakes, floods and other extreme natural events.


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