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

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.

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.