Nuclear Power Emergency Plans: Regulators Scale Back Community Readiness Efforts (VIDEO)

Posted by Michelle, May 16, 2012

Without fanfare, the nation’s nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away.

The revamp, the first since the program began after Three Mile Island in 1979, also eliminates a requirement that local responders always practice for a release of radiation.

At least four years in the works, the changes appear to clash with more recent lessons of last year’s reactor crisis in Japan.

Without fanfare, the nation’s nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the firstWithout fanfare, the nation’s nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away. The revamp, the first since the program began after Three Mile Island in 1979, also eliminates a requirement that local responders always practice for a release of radiation. At least four years in the works, the changes appear to clash with more recent lessons of last year’s reactor crisis in Japan. time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away.

The revamp, the first since the program began after Three Mile Island in 1979, also eliminates a requirement that local responders always practice for a release of radiation.

At least four years in the works, the changes appear to clash with more recent lessons of last year’s reactor crisis in Japan.

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