The members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee have written an open letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), asking the agency to move carefully in issuing a slew of new regulations concocted in response to the Fukushima incident. The members highlight key regulatory differences that existed between the US and Japan even before Fukushima – like the Japanese regulatorâs failure to mandate a defense-in-depth safety strategy – that, they argue, should be considered before additional requirements are made of nuclear plant operators.
âIt is in the nature of any regulatory body to issue regulations and the NRC is no exception,â the letter says. âHowever, more regulation is not always safer, sometimes it is just âmore.ââ The letter notes that the list of so-called âsafety enhancementsâ requested by the NRC post-Fukushima has grown to at least 40, giving special attention to the capital intensive requirement of installing âfiltered vents.â
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