Europe to get nuclear 'stress tests lite'

Press release - May 25, 2011
Brussels, 25 May 2011 – Agreement on the content of ‘stress tests’ for Europe’s nuclear power stations between the European Commission and European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group will be announced this morning.

Greenpeace collects samples in the sea near Fukushim to check for radioactivity

Crew from the Rainbow Warrior, including radiation safety experts, collect sea water and seaweed samples to monitor radiation contamination levels as the Greenpeace ship sails up the eastern coast of Japan, in the vicinity of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. EU nuclear regulators will carry out 'stress'tests' on nuclear power plants in Europe to reduce the risk of accidents like the one in Fukushima but have decided not to review measures preventing or protecting plants against terrorist attacks.

Greenpeace EU nuclear policy adviser Jan Haverkamp said: “Europe looks set to get ‘stress tests-lite’ for its aging nuclear power stations. These won’t be independent, won’t cover plans for emergencies and won’t always tell us whether some of Europe’s most obvious terrorist targets are protected or not. Pro-nuclear governments from the UK, France and the Czech Republic are responsible for watering down the deal.”

Jan Haverkamp
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