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Role of Regulation in Nuclear Plant Safety: A New Series of Posts

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

President Trump seeks to lessen the economic burden from excessive regulation. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) initiated Project AIM before the 2016 elections seeking to right-size the agency and position it to become more adaptive to shifting needs in the future. And the nuclear industry launched its Delivering the Nuclear Promise campaign seeking productivity and efficiency gains to enable nuclear power to compete better against natural gas and other sources of electricity.

In light of these concurrent efforts, we will be reviewing momentous events in nuclear history and posting a series of commentaries on the role of regulation in nuclear plant safety. The objective is to better understand under-regulation and over-regulation to better define “Goldilocks” regulation—regulation that is neither too lax nor too onerous, but just right. That better understanding will enable us to engage the NRC more effectively as the agency pursues Project AIM and the industry tries to deliver on its promise. Read more >

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Fire When Not Ready

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Disaster by Design: Safety by Intent #12

Disaster by Design

What do the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama and the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in Japan have in common? Read more >

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Dark and Dangerous: Station Blackout

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Disaster by Design: Safety by Intent #10

Disaster by Design

The March 2011 disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi was a costly reminder of a lesson learned decades ago—nuclear power reactors need electricity for safety reasons. Read more >

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Presentation to NRC Commission on Lessons from Fukushima

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission invited me to share UCS’s perspectives on the status of lessons learned from the Fukushima accident during a November 17, 2015, briefing. This briefing was one in a series of briefings conducted every 3-4 months by the Chairman and Commissioners to hear from external stakeholders and the NRC’s senior staff. Read more >

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Four Years after Fukushima: The NRC at a Tipping Point

, senior scientist

Today, on the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima accident, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is on the verge of a major decision that could determine whether or not the types of regulatory errors that set the stage for the accident in Japan will be effectively fixed in the United States. Read more >

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