Nuclear agency`s board adopts safety plan
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 23:55
Vienna: A 35-nation meeting of the UN nuclear agency Tuesday adopted a post-Fukushima nuclear safety plan despite gripes by influential member nations.

Germany and several other EU states as well as Canada, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand are unhappy with the plan because it does not obligate countries to allow outside monitoring of their civilian nuclear programs and gives the International Atomic Energy Agency no enforcement powers on safety.

Board member nations adopted the document by consensus, but not before Canada aired grievances shared by other critics in an unusually blunt statement.

"The draft Action Plan before Governors today will be seen as a timid response by the Agency," said Canada's statement to the closed meeting.

Canada said the plan is neither as comprehensive as recommended by a special post-Fukushima IAEA conference attended by dozens of government ministers in June, nor recommendations by IAEA chief Yakima Amman.

"It is disappointing, therefore, that the draft contains few new commitments and little in the way of increased transparency or safety peer reviews," said the statement.

It chastised both the agency and its member states for missing "an opportunity to make necessary reforms to the global nuclear safety framework."

Earlier in the debate on the plan, which began on Monday, Ruediger Luedeking, Germany's chief IAEA representative, said the document "does not fully meet our expectations."


First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 23:55

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