Nuclear safety recommendations to be implemented

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has directed the agency’s staff to begin implementing seven safety recommendations from the NRC’s Near-Term Task Force. The seven recommendations are among 12 proposed by the task force to the NRC in July based on lessons learned from the nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant in Japan.

The NRC staff reviewed the task force’s July 12 report and provided a proposal to the NRC that chose seven as the most appropriate for immediate action. The recommendations cover issues ranging from the loss of all alternate current (AC) electrical power at a reactor, reviews of seismic and flooding hazards, emergency equipment and plant staff training. For the recommendation calling for a new station blackout rule, NRC set a goal of completing the rulemaking process by April 2014.

The NRC called on the staff to utilize performance-based standards in any new or revised regulations wherever possible. Those requirements specify the objective or result to be attained, rather than prescribing to licensees how the objective or result is to be attained.

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