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NRC moving ahead with nuclear safety recommendations

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it is moving forward with rules to help tighten the safety and preparedness of U.S. nuclear plants.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the commission is taking steps to implement some of the recommendations by the Near-Term Task Force that was created after the Fukushima disaster in March. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko was quoted as saying in the article that the industry needed to prepare for worst-case scenarios and ensure that U.S. nuclear plants could handle a disaster. NRC reportedly plans to implement the task force’s recommendations within five years.

The NRC in October ordered its staff to begin implementing seven safety recommendations from the task force. The seven are among 12 recommendations proposed by the task force in July based on lessons learned from the nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant in Japan.

Jaczko is quoted as saying in the article that budget constraints might force the agency to slow down license renewals and requests by plants to make changes, such as operating at higher power levels.

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