UN nuke safety meeting ends with ambitious plans

By the Associated Press | June 24, 2011 | 6:29 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — A high-level international conference has ended with ambitious plans to improve the safety of nuclear plants in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster — but it will be up to individual nations to decide whether to apply them.

International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano said Friday the conference has "achieved its goal" of paving the way for an "enhanced post-Fukushima nuclear safety framework." And he notes the "firm commitment" of the IAEA's 151 members to implement better safety practices.

But his agency has no authority to enforce nuclear safety. This means the success of the five-day IAEA meeting will rest on whether countries with nuclear plants agree to peer safety reviews, better information exchange and other agreed-on measures.