Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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More post-Fukushima concerns for U.S. reactors

The nation’s 104 nuclear power plants have some work to do in preparing to deal with the possibility of  an event such as the March 11 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.   That’s the gist of  the latest  reviews of U.S. plants by Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors.  The inspections have to do with plants’ guidelines for continuing to protect the public even if accidents were to damage their reactor cores. “While overall we believe plants are safe and all of the NRC’s efforts aim to ensure the plants never need to use these guidelines, we are concerned that our inspectors found many of the plants have work to do in either training their staff on these procedures or ensuring the guidelines are appropriately updated,” Eric Leeds, director of the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, said in a press release. Read the inspection reports for Dominion power’s North Anna and Surry power stations  here.