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EU nuclear Stress tests: Technical report and additional plant visits agreed

European Commission - IP/12/429   26/04/2012

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European Commission - Press release

EU nuclear Stress tests: Technical report and additional plant visits agreed

Brussels, 26 April 2012 - EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Andrej Stritar, Chairperson of ENSREG, the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group, welcomed today's adoption of the ENSREG stress test report and the agreement to examine some safety aspects in more detail and prepare a follow up in the next few months:

Günther Oettinger said: "This extensive report is a major element of our stress tests. Now, we will do additional visits of power plants and analyse some safety aspects in more detail. EU citizens have the right to know and understand how safe the nuclear power plants are they live close to. Soundness is more important than timing. "

Andrej Stritar said: "The review concluded that all countries have taken significant steps to improve the safety of their plants. It has also demonstrated the benefit of sharing between national regulators the results of the stress tests and ideas for strengthening safety and robustness of plants."

The peer review board has tabled the report within the very tight time frame set. To complement the analysis, ENSREG and the EU Commission have agreed to continue with safety improvements of nuclear power plants and do a follow up to cover additional safety aspects. This includes:

  • Additional visits of nuclear power plants

  • Implementation of the recommendation of the ENSREG report

  • Implementation of the IAEA action plan

  • Outcomes of the extraordinary meeting of the Convention of Nuclear Safety

  • Information on every single nuclear power plant will be available on the website.

The EU Commission will present the ENSREG report at the June European Council for information.

The ENSREG report identifies four main areas of improvement to be considered at the European level, including the lack of consistency in the assessment of natural hazards, the need for regular assessments and implementations of known safety measures, as well as an improvement of prevention measures such as mobile mobile equipment protected against extreme natural hazards, emergency response centres protected against extreme natural hazards and contamination, and rescue teams and equipment rapidly available to support local operators.

The report is the result of phase three of the stress tests. In phase one the nuclear power operators had carried out a self-assessment, in phase two the national regulators had done a country report. In phase three, multinational teams have analysed the country reports presented by national authorities. In addition, the multinational teams have visited nuclear power reactors on the spot. It was their choice to visit between one and four reactors in each of the 17 countries participating in the test (15 EU countries with nuclear power plants plus Ukraine and Switzerland).

In the EU, there are 147 nuclear reactors, 38 nuclear reactors have been visited during the peer review process in March 2012.

Further information:

Joint Statement of ENSREG and the European Commission:

http://www.ensreg.eu/node/389

Memo on nuclear stress tests:

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/11/827&format=HTML;

Contacts :

Marlene Holzner (+32 2 296 01 96)

Nicole Bockstaller (+32 2 295 25 89)


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