Thursday, October 4, 2012

Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic: Slovak nuclear power plants passed the stress tests

Slovak nuclear power plants have passed stress tests and were safe, said the the President of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic Marta Žiaková. Nuclear power plants will continue to implement further future improvements.

On Tuesday, the report of the European Commission was tell-all. The report says the stress tests heve been carried out in 134 European reactors in response to the accident in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima. According to the Austrian newspaper Wirtschaftsblatt on the basis of stress tests  Slovak nuclear power plants in Jaslovské Bohunice and Mochovce have shortcomings. "This is a political interpretation of technical things. It should be noted that the plants have been proposed at the moment on the latest scientific and technical knowledge and experience. Of course, as time goes, the research improves and always higher and higher standards are demanded. Thus why is it suddenly said about shortcomings or something?" said Žiaková.

According to Austian media Slovak nuclear power plants have absence of technical equipment to limit hydrogen explosions from accidents and also filtration systems for containment venting at pressure.

The European Commission wants to force the member states to modernize their nuclear power plants and increase their safety. The project will cost about 10 to 25 billion euro and it will finish in 2015. "The modernization will carry out in all nuclear power plants in the European Union. There is no breakthrough discovery. The fact remains that we have started the improvements before anything happened in Fukushima. Our plants will be adapted to cope effectively with difficult events, "stated Žiaková.

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