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Nuke power countries urged to review safety measures in wake of Fukushima fallout


June 8, 2011 - PARIS

Representatives of over thirty countries have demanded all countries with nuclear energy to conduct safety stress tests, and periodic safety reviews to avoid accidents like that at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan following a massive earthquake-cum-tsunami.

The demand for greater safety surveillance in nuclear industries was made by representatives from the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations and members of the Nuclear Energy Agency at a meeting in Paris.

"We cannot continue to think the way we did before Fukushima. It is essential to improve co-operation on nuclear safety in the civil sector," the Wall Streets Journal quoted French Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, who chaired the event, as saying.

The group also said that the International Atomic Energy Agency should play a greater role in supervising international nuclear safety.

Kosciusko-Morizet urged the IAEA, which is the United Nations' nuclear advisory body, to review its safety standards following the nuclear disaster in Japan.

The conclusions from Tuesday's meeting would reportedly be presented to nuclear regulators on Wednesday when they gather in Paris to discuss nuclear safety following the Fukushima crisis.

ANI

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