When the European Union puts its 143 nuclear reactors through ‘stress tests,’ those tests will not include an assessment of the plant’s abilities to survive an act of terrorism, the EU has announced. Instead, European regulators will focus on a narrow list of concerns, as the World Nuclear News reported today:
…the tests will focus on the aspects of nuclear plant safety highlighted by the Fukushima accident: earthquakes and flooding as natural events, as well as loss of safety functions and severe accident management following any initiating event.
Why no terrorism assessment? WNN reported:
Representing the independent regulators of the EU, the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) said security issues like terrorism prevention and response were outside its mandate.
The real reason for the narrow scope, according to WNN:
The push to include deliberate criminal attack had been led by Günther Oettinger, a German appointee to the European Commission selected for the energy brief. Despite gaining support from anti-nuclear countries such as Austria and Germany, Oettinger faced vehement opposition from nuclear users like France and the UK on national security grounds.
Apparently, the EU believes that the way to deal with stress is not to think about it.
Results of the stress tests are expected by October.
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