US Launches Safety Review of All 104 Nuke Plants

As do other countries, like China
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2011 2:50 AM CDT
The Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York is considered one of the nuclear plants most vulnerable to accidents.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
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(Newser) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is launching a comprehensive review of all 104 reactors in America. Other countries, including China, are taking similar steps as the Japan nuclear crisis unfolds. President Obama called for the review yesterday as he assured Americans that they are unlikely to face harmful radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex leaks, AP reports.

A leading nuclear industry group supports the move. "A review of our nuclear plants is an appropriate step after an event of this scale, and we expect that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct its own assessment," said the president of the Nuclear Energy Institute. "The industry's highest priority is the safe operation of 104 reactors in 31 states and we will incorporate lessons learned from this accident."

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