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NRC’s Post-Fukushima Efforts Featured in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Report

An IAEA report from February 11, 2014, notes that the NRC “has acted promptly and effectively…in the interests of the public health and safety” following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.  The report comes after a follow-up visit from the IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service, which assesses a country’s regulatory infrastructure against international safety standards and good practices.  The team’s examination of the agency’s response to Fukushima concluded the NRC acted in a timely manner and properly implemented short-term actions. The team also discussed the agency’s commitment to action in the long term, as well as the significant effort that remains for fully incorporating all the changes into NRC regulations. The follow-up team commended the NRC for effectively addressing one of two recommendations and 19 of 20 suggestions from the original IRRS mission. The resolved recommendation involves comprehensively mapping the NRC’s various processes in order to develop a more integrated management approach. The NRC continues to address the remaining recommendation and suggestion, and will address the team’s new suggestion on consolidating rules and guidance for plants permanently ceasing operation and moving to decommissioning.

To access the NRC News Release related to this order , click here.