France’s Nuclear Safety Authority has been asked by the French Prime minister François Fillon to inspect all of the country’s nuclear power plants, as the Japanese nuclear crisis continues.
The French authority will perform checks on France’s 19 nuclear power plants that contain 58 reactors in total.
The power plants will be inspected to identify the scope for flooding, power outages, seismic activity or a failure in reactor cooling and will also evaluate the procedures for dealing with accidents.
The agency has been asked to create a schedule for the checks within a month and submit preliminary conclusions by the end of the year.
The agency will be required to perform the checks in cooperation with the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group and the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association.
France is the world’s second-largest user of nuclear power with 80% of its power supply being generated from nuclear power plants.
The potential meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant has led most countries to reconsider their nuclear energy plans.