Japan to Get New Atomic Regulatory Body within 3 Months: Scientific American
Japan will set up a new nuclear regulator around September under a law approved by parliament's lower house on Friday after months of delay as part of a drive to improve safety and restore public trust after the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl. The 2011 Fukushima disaster cast a harsh spotlight on the cozy ties between regulators, politicians and utilities - known as Japan's "nuclear village" - that experts say were a major factor in the failure to avert the crisis triggered when a huge earthquake and tsunami devastated the plant, causing meltdowns. The legislation, however, swiftly came under fire for appearing to weaken the government's commitment to decommissioning reactors after 40 years in operation, even as it drafts an energy program to reduce nuclear power's role.
15 Jun 2012 18:12
LONDON, June 15 (Reuters Point Carbon) - The EU’s upcoming energy savings law will allow member stat…