UN nuclear body says ageing reactors fuel safety concerns

Eighty percent of nuclear power plants are more than 20 years old, raising safety concerns, the UN atomic agency warned in a draft report seen by AFP on Tuesday, a year after Japan\’s Fukushima disaster. This \”could impact safety and their ability to meet member states\’ energy requirements in an economical and efficient manner,\” the International Atomic Energy Agency\’s draft annual Nuclear Safety Review said. Countries opting for what it called \”long term operation (LTO) must thoroughly analyse the safety aspects related to the ageing of ?irreplaceable\’ key components,\” said the report, due to finalised and published in mid-2012. The IAEA, which promotes the peaceful use of nuclear technology, said that five percent of the world\’s 435 nuclear facilities have been in operation for more than 40 years and 32 percent for more than 30 years. It said that there were \”growing expectations that older nuclear reactors should meet enhanced safety objectives, closer to that of recent or future reactor designs.\”

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