29 Feb '12, 6pm

The Nuclear Ups and Downs of 2011

The Nuclear Ups and Downs of 2011 By MATTHEW L. WALD The Nuclear Regulatory Commission spotted a few problems at American reactors last year and directed plant owners to fix them before they could cause accidents, but it also let a lot of problems slide and failed to follow up when there were indications of deeper troubles. That’s the conclusion of a review of nuclear plant safety in 2011 by David Lochbaum, an expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that is generally critical of the industry. Union of Concerned Scientists Mr. Lochbaum also wrote that some plants do not meet the commission’s standards for fires and earthquakes. The agency has granted some plants exemptions from some fire requirements, giving them alternate ways of complying although it recently ordered all plants to re-evaluate their earthquake preparedness. The commission said it was reviewing...

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