Japan Crisis Raises Nuclear Plant Safety Issues Worldwide
The risk of multiple nuclear meltdowns in Japan triggered by Friday’s massive earthquake have highlighted calls for a safety review into nuclear plants around the world. How good are safety procedures? How quick are evacuation plans?
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has ordered an emergency safety check at all Germany’s 17 nuclear power stations. After a crisis meeting of top ministers in Berlin, Merkel said the events in Japan marked a “decisive moment” for the world, and promised that nuclear safety remained her highest priority. “Everything else must submit to that,” she said.
In India: "The safety features of Indian nuclear plants have to be rechecked to assess whether they can tackle inoperable situations," says former Atomic Energy Commission chairman and its current member, M R Srinivasan, who has visited the Fukushima, Japan plant.
In Taiwan, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union said that Taiwanese plants are safe due to base locations and because of multiple backup measures to ensure cooling, even in the event that power is lost, but it was still looking at safety controls.