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IAEA report shows improvement in safety of old nuclear plants, like Tricastin.

European Security News.- The aging Tricastin nuclear power plant site is still operational, located in Pierrelatte, southern France.

European Security News.- The aging Tricastin nuclear power plant site is still operational, located in Pierrelatte, southern France.

Significant progress was made last year in strengthening nuclear safety around the world, the U.N. atomic watchdog said in its annual review, despite the “challenge” posed by a large number of ageing reactors.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published the report shortly before a protest on Monday by Greenpeace activists targeting one of France’s oldest nuclear power plants and demanding its closure.

The EDF’s Tricastin plant was built more than 30 years ago – an age which it shares with many other atomic energy facilities, the IAEA survey showed.

Overall, however, the U.N. agency report was upbeat about developments, saying “the world nuclear community has made noteworthy progress in strengthening nuclear safety in 2012″.

The report came more than two years after reactor meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, triggered by…READ MORE HERE