UN nuclear safety proposals weakened in new draft plan

August 30, 2011 14:54

VIENNA - Countries with atomic power plants would be encouraged to host international safety review missions, under a draft UN action plan that may disappoint those who had hoped for strong measures to prevent a repeat of Japan's nuclear crisis.

Seeking the middle ground between states advocating more binding global rules and others wanting to keep safety as a strictly national responsibility, the UN nuclear agency appears to have gradually watered down its own proposals.

The document from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the third draft presented to IAEA member states over the last few weeks, outlines a series of steps to help improve nuclear safety after the Fukushima accident almost six months ago.

The latest version puts increased emphasis on the voluntary nature of the proposals, highlighting resistance among many countries against any move towards mandatory outside inspections of their nuclear energy installations.

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