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Fukushima Turning Point May Lift Secrecy of Nuclear Safety Group

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Japan’s Fukushima meltdown may force nuclear powers to change secrecy rules that have cloaked companies and regulators from scrutiny about the measures they take to ensure atomic reactors don’t threaten public safety.

The Convention on Nuclear Safety, drafted after the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in Ukraine, must be updated to reflect changes to the industry and availability of open-source information about atomic emergencies, said nuclear law specialists including two lawyers who helped write the accord.

“After such a long passage of time since Chernobyl and the changes in technology, it may well be appropriate to revisit the basic structure of how information is shared under the convention,” Carlton Stoiber wrote from Washington in an e- mailed answer to questions. He helped the U.S. State Department draft the treaty, which was adopted in 1994.

The 72 countries that have signed the treaty convene next week for their triennial meeting in Vienna. The 10-day ...

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