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EU agrees 'stress tests' for nuclear reactors

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After months of wrangling the EU has struck a deal on so-called ‘‘stress tests’‘ for the continent’s nuclear power plants.

The bloc’s 27 separate atomic watchdogs have agreed the details of the safety checks, which will not include tests for resisting terrorist attacks.

European leaders called for the security review in March following the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Andrej Stritar, chairman of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group said: “We are asking them to see what kind of combination of accidents can happen like in Fukushima – that surprised us- there was a combination (of events); so what – if any – strange combination of accidents come about, how are you prepared ? So first this will only be an exercise for people to think about and from the result of that implementing actions can come.”

Despite appearing not to get his way on the inclusion of terror threats, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said the tests would be divided into two categories. Resilience to natural disasters and accidents caused by “human error”.