Global Nuclear Safety Meeting Focuses on Japan Crisis
    2011-04-04 20:25:11     Xinhua       Web Editor: Guo
An international nuclear safety meeting opened Monday in Vienna, Austria, with its emphasis on the ongoing Japanese nuclear crisis after the latest devastating quake and tsunami.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressed the need to review nuclear power in his opening speech at the the Convention on Nuclear Safety's 5th review meeting in Vienna.

"The situation at Fukushima Daiichi (nuclear plant) remains very serious. The immediate priority is to overcome the crisis and stabilize the reactors, but we must also begin the process of reflection and evaluation," said Amano.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant was ravaged by the natural disasters on March 11, and radioactive leakage is continuing, posing threat to nearby environment.

Amano said more should be done to strengthen the safety of nuclear power plants across the world so that the risk of a future accident is significantly reduced.

During the 10-day review meeting, experts from Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and other countries' nuclear regulatory bodies will discuss the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Noting some countries have announced reviews of their plans for nuclear power, Amano said the basic drivers behind the interest of nuclear power haven't changed just because of the accident.

"These include rising global energy demand as well as concerns about climate change, volatile fossil fuel prices and energy security," he said.

Amano also said the high-level IAEA conference on nuclear safety, scheduled for June 20-24, will discuss nuclear policy and technical issues, including improving the protection of nuclear power plants against multiple hazards, preparedness for prolonged power blackouts, enhancing emergency power supply and protecting spent fuel under accident conditions.
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