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Thursday, March 08, 2012

NRC Chief Says U.S. Safety Moves Behind Schedule

Ryan Tracy | Wall Street Journal

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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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