Danger from Europe's nuclear power plants

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Many reactors are over 40 years old

The Council of Europe adopted a resolution with recommendations and a series of proposed actions that governments should take to improve the safety of nuclear power plants in Europe.   

Statistically, 17 Council of Europe member states have nuclear bases and 184 reactors, 29 of which are over 40 years old.   

The resolution was adopted on the basis of the report "Nuclear Safety in Europe" by the rapporteur EN Guinea (Turkey, EC) by the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development and aims to minimize the risk of accidents from harm or malicious, terrorist activity.   

In this context, he recommends:   

More frequent safety checks on reactors over 40 years

Stronger and more independent national regulators in the field of nuclear energy

- enhanced physical protection of reactors and spent fuel tanks

Measures to stop drones flying over nuclear infrastructure

- wider protection zone around nuclear power plants

- better information for locals on emergency preparedness.   

Concern about nuclear power plants near major cities and seismic areas   

Given that many European nuclear power plants are located close to large cities with large populations and taking into account the disasters and consequences of the Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011) disasters, the resolution also urges the Belarussian authorities not to issue permits. for the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which is being built 45 km from the capital of neighboring Lithuania, before measures were taken to provide greater protection against earthquakes and large aircraft, and to comply with safety standards.   

The resolution also expresses deep concern about the nuclear power plant under construction in Akuyu (Turkey) in the province of Mersin, in a seismic area just 85 km from Cyprus and close to other neighboring countries.   

Thus, following an approved amendment tabled by Stella Kyriakidou from Cyprus, the Turkish government is asked to accede to the UNECE ESPOO Convention (for environmental impact assessment) and to take into account all the warnings expressed by its own citizens about consultation with neighboring countries, in accordance with the International Convention on Nuclear Safety.