"G8 Leaders Call for Stricter Nuclear Power Standards Worldwide"

"DEAUVILLE, France, May 27, 2011 (ENS) - The annual G8 Summit concluded this afternoon with agreement among leaders of the world's largest industrial democracies to strengthen nuclear security in view of Japan's ongoing nuclear power plant crisis. The leaders outlined their climate change goals for the United Nations negotiations in Durban, South Africa later this year, agreed on their commitment to "sustainable" growth and offered support to the newly free countries of North Africa.

The G8 leaders called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to establish new international standards for nuclear power plants, following the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan. A meltdown of nuclear fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant was triggered by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, taking more than 15,000 lives and causing massive destruction and disruption. "

Environment News Service had the story May 27, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Germany: Nuclear Power Plants To Close By 2022" (BBC NEWS)

"Stabilizing Reactors by Year's End May Be Impossible: Tepco" (Japan Times)

"Officials in Germany Support Closing 7 Nuclear Plants" (New York Times)

"Nuclear Power Loses Its Appeal After Japan Crisis" (Guardian)

Source: ENS, 05/30/2011