NRC nuclear review

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has voted to launch a two-pronged review of U.S. nuclear power plant safety in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the resulting crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

The Commission will establish an agency task force made up of current senior managers and former NRC experts. The task force will conduct both short- and long-term analysis of the lessons that can be learned from the situation in Japan, and the results of their work will be made public.

“Our focus is always on ensuring the health and safety of the American people through our licensing and oversight of plants and radioactive materials in this country,” Chairman Jaczko said. “Examining all the available information from Japan is essential to understanding the event’s implications for the United States. We will perform a systematic and methodical review to see if there are changes that should be made to our programs and regulations to ensure protection of public health and safety.”

The short-term review is to be completed within three months, with updates after 30 days and 60 days. The longer review should be completed by the end of the year.

Currently, there are 104 operating reactors in the U.S.

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