In the past decade, there has been a growing awareness of the alarming safety issues surrounding nuclear power facilities in former Communist countries. As political regimes collapsed throughout Central and Eastern Europe during the late 1980s, their nuclear energy legacy remained. Issues surrounding this legacy continue to influence nuclear development. The prevailing notion is that continued operation of Soviet-designed nuclear reactors in former Communist States poses an unacceptable safety risk to Western Europe and to the world.
Jon L. Woodard, Comparative Aspects of the French and German Nuclear Energy Regimes-Working Toward an International Legal Framework, 16 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 691 (1998).