The NRC and Natural Hazards to Nuclear Plants

April 11, 2014
Ed Lyman
Director, Nuclear Power Safety

Today the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists posted my op-ed about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s approach to re-evaluating the hazards to nuclear plants from natural catastrophes like earthquakes and floods in light of what happened at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

I make the point that many U.S. nuclear plants could experience disasters more severe than those they were designed to withstand, and argue that the NRC should require plants to be hardened against these more severe events.