Greenpeace Calls for Worldwide Testing

The environmental organisation Greenpeace has called for worldwide testing of nuclear power plants following the shutdown of Swedish reactors due to an electricity blackout.

Sweden’s nuclear energy capacity has been cut to half after authorities shut down five of the country’s 10 reactors, four of them in connection with a potentially dangerous failure at a nuclear power plant last week.

Greenpeace Sweden spokeswoman Martina Krueger told the news agency AFP that ”nuclear reactors internationally must be tested to make sure they don’t have the same construction problem.”

Greenpeace Sweden has also called for the closure of all remaining Swedish reactors ”if there is the slightest doubt about safety”.

The organization said the Swedish problem showed that nuclear power was inherently unsafe.