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July 14, 2011


Nuclear Safety Review: How US Plants Could Handle a Fukushima-Type Event

Mark Clayton | Christian Science Monitor

Los Alamos

A major post-Fukushima review of US nuclear power facilities is calling for sweeping changes to shore up safety, including ensuring that nuclear operators can handle multiple reactor emergencies at a single site.

But a Fukushima-type accident "is unlikely to occur in the United States," and continued nuclear plant activities "do not pose an imminent risk" to public safety, concluded the 90-day task force convened by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Still, the task force offered a dozen major recommendations, one of which involves clarifying the NRC's own regulations. Full Article   

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