[ RadSafe ] U.N. chief urges "global re-think" on nuclear safety
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Sun Apr 24 16:09:58 CDT 2011
KIEV | Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:29pm EDT
KIEV (Reuters) - The nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Japan's Fukushima
have shown the need for a "global re-think" on nuclear energy, U.N. General
Secretary Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.
Ban said the 1986 disaster in Ukraine and the threat to the Fukushima
nuclear plant following an earthquake and tsunami this year demonstrated that
"nuclear accidents respect no borders."
"How can we ensure the peaceful use of nuclear energy and maximum safety?
We need a global re-think on this fundamental question," he told an
international conference in the Ukrainian capital Kiev marking 25 years since the
world's worst nuclear accident.
Ban called for a "top-to-bottom" review of nuclear safety regulations and
urged states to apply high standards of safety precautions, allow
independent oversight at plants and be more transparent to secure public confidence.
"Nuclear power plants must be built to withstand everything from
earthquakes to tsunamis, from fires to floods," he said, with the Fukushima crisis
clearly in mind.
He called for efforts to strengthen the work of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) and use its capacity for sharing expertise and know-how
on nuclear safety issues.
Ban endorsed the IAEA's convening of a ministerial conference on nuclear
safety in June to draw lessons from Fukushima.
In Vienna, a senior IAEA official said there were already intense
preparations for the conference. "I don't know if you can call that 'global
re-thinking' but I think there will be a lot of thinking at this June conference
so that nuclear energy is safer," Denis Flory told a news conference.
He said the IAEA was planning to send a team of international experts to
_Japan_ (http://www.reuters.com/places/japan) on a fact-finding mission that
would report back to the conference. The team would also suggest ways to
improve the overall situation at the plant.
Flory said the aim of the June conference was to strengthen the global
nuclear safety framework. The IAEA, with 151 member nations, lacks the power to
enforce safety standards it recommends.
Some diplomats have voiced concerns that countries seeking to start their
first nuclear power programs might be loath to sign up to stricter rules.
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