“Last year’s record shows that the NRC is quite capable of being an effective watchdog that protects the public and saves the nuclear industry from its worst tendencies,” says a report issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

NRC_SealWASHINGTON – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) carried out 15 special inspections last year spurred by potentially serious incidents at power plants, the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a recently released report.

A large number of those “near-misses” occurred because plant operators and regulators “either tolerated known problems or failed to address them adequately”, the UCS said in “The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2011: Living on Borrowed Time.”

The report, however, also praises the NRC for instances where regulators “did an outstanding job addressing safety problems before they could lead to a potentially dangerous situation”.

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Source: The Economic Times
Image: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission