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At a meeting chaired by Germany, the heads of the nuclear regulatory authorities from France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Spain, Sweden and the United States discussed measures to improve the safety of nuclear power plants after Fukushima.The agenda also focused on the responsible storage of radioactive waste and how to secure funding for decommissioning and disposal tasks. more

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Three years ago, on 11 March 2011, Japan witnessed the worst earthquake and tsunami in its history, a dreadful natural disaster which left thousands of people dead or injured. The tsunami caused a meltdown in the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing large amounts of radioactivity with devastating consequences for humans and nature. Japan will be dealing with the consequences of this catastrophe for decades to come. more

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The act governing the selection of a repository site for high-level radioactive waste has been published in the Federal Law Gazette on July 26 and will enter into force July 27. "This is the starting point for an open-ended search for a repository site", stated Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier. He continued that the development of this act proves the success of the fundamental democratic consensus in Germany. mehr

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The Commissioner of the EU Commission for Energy, Günther Oettinger, has presented proposals for a revision of the Nuclear Safety Directive. Major points are based on proposals made by European regulatory bodies. These include ambitious and internationally outstanding safety targets and the introduction of a mutual peer review process among member states. more

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Gerald Hennenhöfer, head of the Directorate-General Safety of Nuclear Installations, Radiological Protection, Nuclear Fuel Cycle in the Federal Environment Ministry, has been appointed the new chairperson of the group comprising heads of European nuclear safety regulators. As chairperson Hennenhöfer will be heading the second conference on nuclear safety in Europe taking place on 11 and 12 June 2013 in Brussels. more

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