Britain reviews nuclear safety

June 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM

LONDON, June 26 (UPI) -- The British government announced it was checking recommendations from a review of the March 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster.

A magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The plant a melted down, sparking an international reconsideration of the safety of nuclear energy.

British Energy Minister Charles Hendry said he welcomed a report on the catastrophe and plans to pursue its recommendations.

Remediation, decommissioning and decontamination of the Fukushima nuclear site were included as part of an agreement between the British and Japanese governments in April. Both sides added they would work closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"The government has continued to work with its partners in the G8, G20 and other international fora to ensure better compliance with international conventions and push forward work on enhancing nuclear safety standards established under the auspices of the IAEA," a statement read.

The latest recommendations include coordination with international nuclear safety regimes and the eventual creation of a British Office of Nuclear Regulation.

The British government considers nuclear energy part of a plan to embrace a low-carbon economy.

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