Stronger nuclear safety standards needed

Stronger nuclear safety standards are needed not just for Japan where officials are trying to avert a meltdown at a power plant, but throughout the world.

Damaged nuclear plant

Damaged nuclear plant

That’s the message from Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He is ordering a review of procedures following the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan, where the situation remains very serious.

“The current international emergency response framework needs to be reassessed. It was designed largely in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, before the information revolution. It reflects the realities of the 1980s, not of the 21st century.”

The IAEA says radiation levels near the plant have increased, but rates in Tokyo and other areas outside the 30-kilometre zone remain low.

The nuclear plant was damaged after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami hit the country.

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