13 Mar '11, 6pm

Europe casts eye at #nuclear safety after #Japan's nuclear accident

PARIS: Leading European economies said they would scrutinise nuclear safety in the light of Japan's Fukushima disaster, led by Austria which on Sunday called for a review of nuclear plants across the 27-nation EU. Austrian Environment Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich said he would ask European Union (EU) environment ministers, meeting in Brussels on Monday, to approve "a stress test of nuclear plants" similar to checks on the banking system after the 2008 financial crisis. The test should include "the safety of nuclear plants in the event of an earthquake and the state of their cooling system and reactor confinement," Berlakovich told public-sector broadcaster ORF2. "We want security to be reviewed or else (plant) closure," he said. British Energy Minister Chris Huhne said Britain was not in a seismic zone and had different reactor types from those damaged in the tsunami that...

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