Stress tests ‘confirm’ safety of Russian nuclear plants

Stress tests have proven that Russian nuclear power plants are able to withstand natural disasters of the type recently seen in Japan, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said on Tuesday.

“We are convinced that Russian nuclear reactor technology conforms to all safety requirements,” Sechin – in charge of the fuel and energy sector – said during a nuclear safety summit meeting in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

The deputy premier said all Russian nuclear power plants were tested for their ability to withstand a 14-meter tsunami, a magnitude 9 earthquake and also underwent other tests.

Sechin urged all other countries with nuclear power to report on their own stress tests at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s nuclear safety conference in June.

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was seriously damaged by the powerful earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11. Fukushima’s operator has since been struggling to prevent radioactive leaks from the plant’s crippled reactors.

KIEV, April 19 (RIA Novosti)

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