News Summary: Report says EU nukes must be safer

Thursday - 10/4/2012, 11:16am EDT

By The Associated Press

(AP) - NO GLOWING REPORT: The EU Energy Commissioner says the cost of necessary improvements at the 145 nuclear reactors in the European Union could amount to billions over the coming years.

CORE CRITICISM: The report criticized authorities for not using appropriate standards to assess risks. For earthquakes and flooding, events over the past 10,000 years should be considered for risk to plants.

FALLOUT: At least (EURO)10 billion will need to be invested in the EU and possibly up to (EURO)25 billion to fix the problems at EU nuclear plants.

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