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» September 13, 2011

IAEA States Adopt Nuclear Safety Action Plan

Fredrik Dahl | Reuters


The U.N. atomic agency's 35-nation board adopted an action plan on Tuesday to strengthen global nuclear safety following Japan's Fukushima accident six months ago, despite criticism from several states that the proposals had been watered down.

The board of governors approved by consensus the eight-page document put forward by Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), setting out a series of voluntary steps meant to enhance standards worldwide.

A governors' debate on the issue underlined divisions between states seeking stronger international commitments and others wanting safety to remain an issue strictly for national authorities.

"There were a number of critical voices," one diplomat said about the closed-door discussions, referring to countries that had made clear they wanted firmer action at the international level. Full Article   

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