EU nuclear reactors in need of safety upgrades

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Despite the ‘hundreds’ of defects pointed out by a commission’s leaked report, the European Commission on Thursday said that the safety of all nuclear reactors across Europe is ‘satisfactory”.

“The safety situation in the EU is at good level and satisfactory. There is no nuclear power plant which must be shut down immediately for safety reasons’, said Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy.

Earlier this week, the leaked Commission’s safety review underlined that many of those nuclear plants failed to meet international safety standards. The so-called ‘stress tests’ revealed that improving these plants could cost Europe up to 25 bn euros

‘Nearly everywhere, there is a major potential for improvement regarding the state of the heart especially in the wake of Fukushima’, said Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy.

In the aftermath of the Fukushima incident in Japan last year, MEPs urged the Commission to take stronger stance on the nuclear industry.

Green MEP Rebecca Harms on Thursday said that “this exercise has been orchestrated to cause as little stress to the nuclear industry as possible. While the report found deficiencies in many of Europe’s nuclear reactors, there are no real proposals for follow-up”.

There are 143 nuclear power plants across Europe. 47 of those nuclear power plants have more than 100,000 inhabitants living nearby.

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