19 Jul '11, 10pm

Staff Tells N.R.C. That U.S. Rules Need Overhaul After Fukushima

Staff Tells N.R.C. That U.S. Rules Need Overhaul After Fukushima

Staff Tells N.R.C. That U.S. Rules Need Overhaul After Fukushima By MATTHEW L. WALD Getty Images Members of a task force on Fukushima explained their findings to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s rules are a patchwork that needs to be reorganized and integrated into a new structure to improve safety, the agency’s staff told the five members of the commission on Tuesday at a meeting . The session was called to consider reforms after a tsunami caused the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. But how speedily the commission will take up the recommendations is not clear. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, the nuclear industry agreed to bring in assorted extra equipment, including batteries and generators, to cope with circumstances beyond what the plants were designed for. Such preparations ...

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