29 May '12, 10pm

How Will Nuclear Plants Stand Up to Quakes and Floods?

How Will Nuclear Plants Stand Up to Quakes and Floods?

How Will Nuclear Plants Stand Up to Quakes and Floods? By MATTHEW L. WALD Nuclear Regulatory Commission The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska was threatened by inundation last June. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should consider requiring nuclear power plants to analyze their vulnerability to natural hazards like earthquakes by using the same advanced tools that the industry uses to understand the risks from mechanical accidents, a new report from the Government Accountability Office argues. A string of natural disasters has recently drawn attention to nuclear safety and natural disasters, including the Fukushima Daiichi quake and tsunami in March 2011, tornado damage near the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry complex in April 2011, the Missouri River flooding that nearly inundated two reactors in Nebraska last summer and the quake near Mineral, Va., last A...

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