House Energy Committee tells NRC to rethink post-Fukushima nuclear regs

House Energy and Commerce Committee Nuclear Regulatory Commission NRC post-Fukushima regulations

The members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee have written an open letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), asking the agency to move carefully in issuing a slew of new regulations concocted in response to the Fukushima incident. The members highlight key regulatory differences that existed between the US and Japan even before Fukushima - like the Japanese regulator’s failure to mandate a defense-in-depth safety strategy - that, they argue, should be considered before additional requirements are made of nuclear plant operators.

“It is in the nature of any regulatory body to issue regulations and the NRC is no exception,” the letter says. “However, more regulation is not always safer, sometimes it is just ‘more.’” The letter notes that the list of so-called “safety enhancements” requested by the NRC post-Fukushima has grown to at least 40, giving special attention to the capital intensive requirement of installing “filtered vents.”

Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...