The Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) has advised the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) to revisit the safety aspects of the nuclear power plants in Karachi and Chashma in the light of the crisis triggered at the Fukushima power station in Japan by last month's earthquake and tsunami.

PNRA made it clear that the two facilities “meet the requirements of national nuclear regulations — which are at par with the international requirements — and do not pose any unwarranted radiation hazard to public or the environment''.

Maintaining that the geographical differences between Pakistan and Japan reduced the possibility of a similar accident , PNRA noted that it would still be advisable that PAEC prepare itself for every eventuality; natural and man-made.

The Commission has been advised to examine site studies, safety systems, operator's training, emergency power systems and off-site emergency preparedness plans.

Though the statement makes no reference to the rumours floating across the country about the radiation leaks from Fukushima spreading to Pakistan, the PNRA also sought to assure the public that the Japanese accident did not pose any direct risk to the people or the environment.

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