Strongest Criticism of Nuclear Safety

There’s renewed concern about safety at Sweden’s nuclear power stations. The local newspaper “Oskarhamnstidningen” writes that the latest review by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority warns of too many quick close-downs and a culture with a poor regard for safety.

The head of information for the authority tells the newspaper that he doesn’t think they’ve ever been as critical in a previous review.

Oskarshamn 1, Sweden’s oldest and least modern nuclear power plant, had five quick close-downs in 2008. It was revealed last year that safety stations at the reactor were unmanned at night, and that cleaning personnel had to monitor the area because of the lack of guards.

In 1980 Swedes voted in a referendum to phase-out atomic energy here, but earlier this year the center-right government announced it was considering building new nuclear reactors.

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