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EU AGREES TO TOUGHER NUCLEAR SAFETY RULES

06/16/2014

In light of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the EU has promulgated a new law that would strengthen nuclear safety measures. Prompted by the devastating aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, the EU conducted a series of stress tests on nuclear power stations and found that nearly all European power plants need safety improvements. The new rules, announced last Wednesday, specify that power plants be designed so that reactor damage would not have any consequences outside the plant. The legislation will also require that national regulators have a strategy on how to communicate with the public in the event of a nuclear accident, and will give citizens a say in whether new nuclear plants should be granted licenses. France challenged some of the new rules—saying that its current regulations are strict enough—while other critics, like Greenpeace, felt that the legislation was too modest. The rules will need to be approved by individual EU member states before coming into effect. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/11/us-eu-nuclear-idUKKBN0EM0XX20140611 and http://bigstory.ap.org/article/eu-presents-post-fukushima-nuclear-safety-rules.