Sellafield spill "shows EU nuclear rules needed"
The recent radioactive spill inside Britain's Sellafield nuclear plant demonstrates that the EU should exercise "overall framework control" of the safety of nuclear installations, the bloc's energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs said on Tuesday. Apart from Ireland, EU governments only learned of the accident a fortnight after it happened and via the media (EED 10/05/05). The European Commission tabled watered down proposals for an EU nuclear safety directive last September (EED 08/09/04). "It is not possible to continue to function efficiently" with current, varying national legislation, said Mr Piebalgs. See press release.
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