NRC approves 3 new safety rules

03/2/2012 | Bloomberg

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted to implement three new safety rules for existing reactors. The rules will require facilities to have the tools needed to handle blackouts, as well as having "adequate instruments" to monitor used nuclear-fuel containment pools. Also, reactor models similar to those at Fukushima Dai-Ichi -- the nuclear plant in Japan that was severely damaged by an earthquake a year ago next week -- will be required to have hardened vents to relieve gas pressure.

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