EU PROPOSES NUCLEAR REVIEWS EVERY SIX YEARS
The European Commission released a draft safety law last week that adds mandatory reviews for nuclear plants every six years. The proposal follows a series of stress tests enacted after the Fukushima disaster in 2011 and builds on the tests' conclusions, which found that plants need anywhere from $13 to $33 billion in repairs. The rule also proposes that reactors be designed so that they will not have any consequences outside the plant. "There are 132 nuclear reactors in operation in Europe today. Our task at the Commission is to make sure that safety is given the utmost priority in every single one of them," said Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger. The proposal calls for reviews on pre-agreed topics, and the Commission would be able to send inspectors to countries it believes are not implementing them properly. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/13/us-eu-nuclear-safety-idUKBRE95C0GQ20130613.