The Nuclear Power Plant in the Daya Bay, south China's Guangdong Province, is in normal operation on March 15, 2011. Countries around the world began reviewing the safety of their nuclear reactors Tuesday amid rising nuclear safety concerns in Japan.
Nuke safety check launched worldwide
Countries around the world began reviewing the safety of their nuclear reactors Tuesday amid rising nuclear safety concerns in Japan, Xinhua reported.
The EU will conduct stress tests on its member states' nuclear power plants by the end of the year, said EU's energy chief Guenther Oettinger.
Earlier on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country will shut down seven of its oldest nuclear reactors built before 1980 for three months for a safety probe.
France will also launch a series of checks to assess the safety of its nuclear reactors. "The results of these checks will be issued publicly," French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that he had requested the Energy Ministry, the Natural Resources Ministry and the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency to "carry out an analysis of the current condition of the atomic sector and an analysis of the plans for future development."
China has suspended the approval process for nuclear power stations so that safety standards can be revised. It will also carry out safety checks on its existing plants.
(China.org.cn March 18, 2011)