UCS 3rd Annual NRC Review

March 7, 2013
Dave Lochbaum
Former contributor

Today we released our third in an annual series on the performance of U.S. nuclear plants and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2012: Tolerating the Intolerable.

The report analyzes 14 NRC special inspections at a dozen plants in 2012, conducted in response to safety equipment problems and security shortcomings. None of the events harmed plant employees or the public, but their frequency—more than one a month—is high for a mature industry. And many of them happened because plant owners—and often the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)—either tolerated known problems or failed to address them adequately.

The report and the executive summary are available online.