German environment minister Jürgen Trittin has ordered an in-depth national scrutiny of supervisory practices in nuclear power plants after the discovery this week of a 17-year failure in safety culture at Philippsburg in Baden-Württemberg. The power station is already closed following revelations of similar flaws in safety systems earlier this month (EED 08/10/01).
Mr Trittin instructed competent bodies in all German states to report on the quality of management practices as part of a drive for full accountability. He also stressed that operator EnBW would not be allowed to restart Philippsburg's second reactor until all doubts over its reliability had been completely eliminated.
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