European nuclear power standards proposed

Commission unveils "unprecedented" plan to extend Brussels' writ to nuclear safety, waste management

Proposals for the EU to extend its influence over nuclear energy safety and waste management were officially unveiled today to instant criticism by Europe's green movement, which sees the plan as a covert way of supporting long-term expansion of the industry.

The nuclear package, dubbed a "nuclear survival kit" by Green members of the European parliament, comprises two directives, one on nuclear safety and one on nuclear waste management, plus a decision enabling negotiations with Russia over trade in nuclear materials. The overall impact of the package is thus even broader than thought this spring, when EU energy commissioner Loyola de Palacio first outlined her plans (EED 25/04/02).

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