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Sega - Bulgaria | Wednesday, March 16, 2011

EU nuclear plant stress tests a farce

In reaction to the nuclear catastrophe in Japan EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced on Tuesday that all Europe's nuclear power plants would be subjected to stress tests. This is all a farce, writes the daily Sega: "We only need look at last year's botched bank stress tests to see what will happen. Not a single reactor will be shut down. ... The special meeting in Brussels was less about drawing up and applying standardised criteria to address concerns regarding nuclear safety than pretending that 'Europe is indivisible regarding safety' as the German EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger put it. At the same time it became clear that the standardisation will be voluntary; that the different types of power plant at different locations simply can't be compared; that some are under threat from sea waves while others are exposed to seismic dangers; that no one can assess the potential threat from terrorist attacks, and so on."

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