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Can U.S. Nuclear Plants Handle a Major Natural Disaster?


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Can U.S. Nuclear Plants Handle a Major Natural Disaster?

John Sullivan, Special to ProPublica

As engineers in Japan struggle to bring quake-damaged reactors under control, attention is turning to U.S. nuclear plants and their ability to withstand natural disasters.

Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who has spent years pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission toward stricter enforcement of its safety rules, has called for a reassessment. Several U.S. reactors lie on or near fault lines, and Markey wants to beef up standards for new and existing plants.


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God forbid if we ever have the chance to prove how safe one is. can anyone answer why they were built close to faultlines to start with? i agree on the reassessments as a precaution since there is no way to do a drill.