US nuke plants not ready for emergencies, says NRC

U.S. Nuclear Plants Not Properly Trained For Emergencies: NRC

WASHINGTON — Some nuclear power plants have not properly trained their workers about emergency guidelines intended to protect the public in the event of a severe accident or disaster, federal regulators said Monday.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said inspections conducted after the Japan nuclear crisis found reason for concern, although it continues to believe that the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors are safe.

Inspectors found that many plant operators have not done enough to train their staff on the voluntary emergency guidelines or update their procedures, said Eric Leeds, director of the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. The guidelines were put in place in the 1990s and are meant to contain or reduce the impact of accidents that damage a reactor core.

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