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September 18, 2020

EC calls for new safety checks at Cernavoda’s reactors

The National Commission for Nuclear Activity Control (CNCAN) called on the board of the Cernavoda Nuclear-Electric Plant (CNE), at the request of the European Commission, to re-evaluate the safety levels of the two units, in the event of a strong earthquake, in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima plant, Mediafax reports. The nuclear safety level will be re-evaluated by performing a “stress test” which should indicate the way in which the plant would react in extreme situations, such as an earthquake or flooding higher than the database design, the total loss of electric power supply and of the final cooling source or accidents affecting the used fuel-storage installations, a governmental document indicates.

Following the Japan disaster, the European Commission called for safety checks at all nuclear plants across the European Union, by undertaking “stress tests”. The results of the re-evaluation are to be forwarded to the European Commission.

Furthermore, a preliminary report has to be drafted by September 15. This spring, after the accident at the Fukushima plant, CNCAN announced that radioactive emissions from the Japanese plant did not pose any radiation risk for Romania, adding that evaluations performed at the Cernavoda plant indicated it to be safer than the one in Japan.

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