Fukushima related fears have slowed but not stopped development of new reactors
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said this month in a series of reports that the events which took place at Fukushima, Japan, in March 2011 are expected to slow, but not stop, nuclear growth.
The agency said that 29 countries are planning to start using nuclear power, and the number of reactors under construction stands at 62 units.
Separately, the IAEA said that important progress is being made towards strengthening nuclear safety. The IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety highlights improvements in emergency preparedness and response mechanisms.
A recent inspection of three Japanese nuclear reactors, the Onagawa Power Station, highlights both trends. The Japanese nuclear reactors which were closest to the center of the March 2011 earthquake, which suffered more ground shaking that Fukushima, were largely undamaged because it was designed with sufficient safety margins.
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