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NRC Denies PRM Requesting Expansion of Emergency Planning Zones

The NRC is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM) filed by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) and 37 other co-petitioners. The petitioners requested that the NRC amend its regulations governing domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities to expand existing emergency planning zones (EPZ) around nuclear power plants, create a new EPZ, and require the incorporation of concurrent natural disasters in required periodic emergency plan drills.

The NRC is denying the petition because the NRC concludes that the current size of the emergency planning zones is appropriate for existing reactors and that emergency plans will provide an adequate level of protection of the public health and safety in the event of an accident at a nuclear power plant. The current EPZs provide for a comprehensive emergency planning framework that would allow expansion of the response efforts beyond the designated distances should events warrant such an expansion.

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