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'Learning lessons from tsunami hit Fukushima nuke plant crisis may take 10 years'

June 9, 2011 - Tokyo

French nuclear safety agency (ASN) Chairman Andre-Claude Lacoste has said that learning all the lessons from the accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power station caused by an earthquake-cum-tsunami on March 11 could take a decade.

Addressing a forum in Paris organised by the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Lacoste urged all nuclear countries to carry out safety tests within a year.

"Fukushima was a shock. We have to draw lessons from it - and drawing lessons from Fukushima could take up to 10 years," the BBC quoted him, as saying while referring to the time it took to draw lessons from Three Mile Island and Chernobyl disasters.

However, Gregory Jaczko, Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), said that the estimated 10 years time was too long.

"Ten years is a reasonable timeframe based on previous experience. But I think we need to challenge ourselves to learn in a faster timeframe - we should do better," Jaczko added.

Earlier this week, Japan's nuclear regulator had issued a report admitting that the country was not well prepared for a serious accident like that at the Fukushima plant.


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