Taking the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl reactor accident as an incentive, the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Alliance of Regions for Phasing out Nuclear Power Across Europe as well as the International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group (INRAG) present the study on the risks of lifetime extensions of ageing nuclear power plants.
At a time of significant market turbulences in the atomic sector, maintaining nuclear energy capacity means to extend the operating lifetime of ageing reactors beyond their original design base. Nuclear power plants in the European Union are ageing. The 125 reactors have an average age of 33.4 years. Ageing nuclear reactors are highly prone to accidents and the inhabitants of Europe’s regions are being exposed to increasing risks everyday.
The study, commissioned by the Alliance of Regions for Phasing out Nuclear Power Across Europe and prepared by INRAG in collaboration with top experts from several countries, highlights the importance of aging nuclear power plants, the dealing with the risks of aged equipment and the required continuous increase in safety levels of nuclear power plants in Europe in general and on the basis of individual case studies.
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