Dutch nuclear plant subjected to stress test
The only Dutch nuclear power plant will be temporarily closed if it fails to pass an upcoming stress test. The test is intended to show whether any measures are urgently needed to increase safety. The plant will be temporarily closed if such measures cannot be introduced immediately.
Economics Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen made these comments after an emergency meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels on Monday. The meeting was called in connection with the problems at the Fukushima 1 power plant in Japan. However, the minister said he had no reason to believe safety at the Borssele plant had been compromised.
The EU-ministers decided that all 143 nuclear power plants in Europe will be subjected to stress tests. Mr Verhagen said the tests will involve the possible consequences of a “combination of improbabilities”. In the case of the Borssele plant this means simulating an earthquake many times stronger than ever registered in the Netherlands, in combination with a devastating flood, an airplane crash and a terrorist attack.
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