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European nuclear plants are already regularly checked, but under the stress test system, the checks were toughened and coordinated across the EU before facing peer review by a multinational team of experts.

Still, Greenpeace said the tests were far too lenient toward the nuclear industry.

`’The tests still led to alarming results. A more stringent review would have been devastating for most reactors,” said Greenpeace expert Tobias Riedl.