Europe cannot rule out Japan-like nuclear disaster

Press release - March 15, 2011
Brussels, International — Energy ministers will today discuss the nuclear situation in Europe following the crisis in Japan. Greenpeace warns that Europe cannot rule out the same kind of nuclear disaster Japan is sadly experiencing.
The cooling crisis at Japanese plants was caused by loss of power, then loss of emergency power. Minor earthquakes, storms and accidents can all cause power failures anywhere in the world. Sweden was close to a Japan-like dry core crisis when the power supply, then emergency diesel power supply, failed at the Forsmark nuclear plant in July 2006.

Greenpeace EU nuclear expert Jan Haverkamp said: “Our first thoughts are with the people of Japan as they face nuclear disaster, following an already devastating earthquake and tsunami. A clear lesson from Japan is that the last thing you need when trying to cope with a natural disaster is a nuclear crisis. It is important for Europeans to realise that you don’t need a big earthquake to cause a nuclear catastrophe. It’s time we moved away from dangerous and expensive nuclear and truly embraced renewable power.”



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