EU proposes mandatory nuclear reviews every six years

June 13, 2013 15:33

LONDON/BRUSSELS - The European Commission on Thursday published a draft nuclear safety law that includes mandatory EU-wide reviews every six years in response to lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

In the aftermath of the Japanese nuclear tragedy, the European Union carried out a series of stress tests to examine the resilience of nuclear power stations and Thursday's proposals build on conclusions drawn from the tests.In the proposals the Commission wants member states to carry out reviews on pre-agreed topics every six years and can send inspectors to specific countries if it feels reviews are delayed or not implemented properly.

"There are 132 nuclear reactors in operation in Europe today. Our task at the Commission is to make sure that safety is given the utmost priority in every single one of them," said Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in a statement.

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