Nuclear plants' used-fuel pools offer strong protection, NRC staff says

11/20/2013 | Global Security Newswire

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff denied accusations that used nuclear fuel pools at U.S. power plants are susceptible to terrorist acts. The NRC study on the impact of a major earthquake on U.S. reactors was commended by the nuclear power industry. "The storage pools at Fukushima survived the fourth-largest earthquake in recorded history, hydrogen explosions that blew the roofs of three of the reactor buildings and the debris resulting from those explosions," said Steven Kraft, senior technical adviser for the Nuclear Energy Institute. "All accounts from Japan tell us that the fuel in those pools survived with minimal if any damage."

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