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Belarus nuclear power plant passes Fukushima disaster test

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A picture taken on October 12, 2017 shows a dog standing close to the construction site of the first Belarus’ nuclear power plant outside the town of Ostrovets

The Belarus nuclear power plant under construction less than 50 kilometres from Vilnius, «generally meets the requirements» of a stress test of the European Union that tests safety to avoid another Fukushima nuclear.

U.S. government-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports that the results of the stress test were issued in a report presented on July 3 by a European peer-review team consisting of experts from 14 EU member states and Switzerland, Ukraine and the European Commission.

The peer-review team issued concrete recommendations including the completion of a study of a 1908 seismic event in the region, the extension of a seismic observation network, and the creation of an alternative permanent power source in case of the simultaneous failure of off-site and emergency power supplies.

Vilnius is situated less than 50 kilometres away, meaning that Minsk has disregarded International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommendations made after the Fukushima disaster that plants should not be built within 100 kilometres of major population centres.


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