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Thursday, March 08, 2012

NRC Chief Says U.S. Safety Moves Behind Schedule

Ryan Tracy | Wall Street Journal

North Anna

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said Tuesday the agency wasn't on pace to meet its own timeline for improving safety at U.S. nuclear plants in response to the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant a year ago.

The NRC will soon issue its first orders in response to the Fukushima accident, but it is also weighing a host of regulatory changes that could impose extra costs on the operators of the 104 reactors in the U.S.

In an interview, Mr. Jaczko said the agency had "made progress" but risked failing to meet its goal of making all the regulatory changes within five years. "There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done," he said.  Full Article

Why Fukushima Was Preventable (Carnegie paper)

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The American Nuclear Society (ANS) formed a special committee, The American Nuclear Society Special Committee on Fukushima (the Committee), to examine the Fukushima Daiichi accident.     Full Article

Jim Wolf | Reuters
The Obama administration disclosed on Tuesday that it is considering sharing some classified U.S. data as part of an effort to allay Russian concerns about a controversial antimissile shield.    Full Article

Richard Norton-Taylor and Nick Hopkins | Guardian
There are signs, like green shoots heralding spring, that the last taboo of British politics is breaking. Liberal Democrats are finally gearing themselves up seriously to question the Conservative attachment to Britain's Trident nuclear weapons system and commitment to replace it with a "like for like" fleet of ballistic missile submarines.     Full Article

Stephen M. Goldberg, Robert Rosner, and James P. Malone | American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The American Academy's Global Nuclear Future (GNF) Initiative leaders and advisors have identified several interconnected questions that must be addressed simultaneously in order to arrive at pragmatic recommendations for a sustainable new nuclear regime, both in the United States and abroad    Full Article

Douglas P. Guarino | Global Security Newswire
Top U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration officials on Tuesday pledged to complete a strategic review of a program intended to prevent the smuggling of nuclear material across international borders amid assertions they are proposing dangerous budget cuts to the initiative.    Full Article

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