Ensuring peaceful uses of nuclear energy and maximum safety

It was 25 years ago that a devastating nuclear accident happened in Chernobyl, now as the world deals with the radiation fallout from Japan, leaders and scientists ponder how to ensure maximum safety.

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Ban Ki-moon

At a summit in Kiev, Ukraine Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered five steps to enhance nuclear safety.

“As we are painfully learning once again, nuclear accidents respect no borders. They pose direct threats to human health and the environment. They cause economic disruptions, affecting everything from agricultural production to trade and global services.”

The steps include strengthening the IAEA, international standards for construction, guarantees of public safety, transparency and information-sharing.

The Secretary-General will visit Chernobyl Wednesday. Meanwhile, world leaders at the conference are promising 550 million euros (about $785 million) to complete a permanent shelter to secure the damaged reactor.

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