Russia Proposed a Plan to Strengthen Safety Standards in Nuclear Power Plants
International/World Current Affairs2011. Russia proposed a plan to strengthen the safety standards in nuclear power plants of the world on 26 April 2011 with the objective of not allowing any nuclear catastrophe to happen in future
Russia proposed a plan to strengthen the safety standards in nuclear power plants of the world on 26 April 2011 with the objective of not allowing any nuclear catastrophe similar to Fukushima Daichi, Japan or Chernobyl to happen in future. The plan will be further discussed at the G8 summit which is scheduled to take place in Deauville, France on 26-27 May 2011.
The plan proposed by Russia includes the following points:
- To make nations using nuclear energy more responsible.
- Additional safety measures for nuclear reactors and a ban on the construction of reactors in quake-prone zones.
- To give more powers to International watchdogs to enforce the safety rules to avoid any nuclear catastrophe in future.
The plan was proposed by the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe which happened at Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 26 April 1986. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was located in Ukraine near the town Pripyat which was part of the former Soviet Republic at the time of accident.
The Chernobyl nuclear plant had four working reactors. The accident happened due to a combination of faulty actions of the operators and the basic engineering deficiencies in the reactor. The accident caused the release of radioactive materials over a ten-day period and it affected the region across Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and most of northern part of Europe. The area around the place where the accident happened is still unfit for habitation and farming.