Ukraine cannot abandon nuclear energy: expert

14:27, April 19, 2011      

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Ukraine cannot afford to abandon nuclear energy because that would lead to a significant drop in industrial production and affect people's lives, a Ukrainian expert said Monday.

"Under any circumstances, Ukraine cannot afford to interrupt the work of these effective and high-tech (nuclear) energy industries," Boris Paton, president of Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences, said in response to the recent nuclear tragedy in Japan.

Meanwhile, Paton said Kiev needs to upgrade its nuclear technologies.

"We must take steps to improve the operational safety of nuclear reactors. The level of security primarily depends on the nuclear power plants' stability and the proficiency of the staff," he told an international conference held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Source: Xinhua
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