FRANKFURT, March 13 Austrian Environment
Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich said on Sunday he would call for a
pan-European "stress test" to see if nuclear power stations were
earthquake proof, following Japan's massive quake and tsunami.
Berlakovich told Austrian radio he will ask at a European
Union environment ministers' meeting in Brussels on Monday,
"whether they are earthquake proof, and how they perform in
terms of containment and cooling."
Although the issue of nuclear power was not on the agenda
for the meeting, he would put forward the idea of the "stress
test" he told the radio programme Mittagsjournal.
The radiation leak from a damaged nuclear reactor north of
Tokyo should prompt a rethink in the whole of Europe about
whether or not to get out of nuclear energy, Berlakovich said.
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(Reporting by Edward Taylor in Frankfurt and Fredrik Dahl in
Vienna; Editing by Matthew Jones)