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Nuke Accidents Pose ‘Small’ Risks

Thursday, 02 February 2012 02:07 PM

Nearly a year after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, federal officials released a report concluding the public health risks from an accident at one of the country’s 104 nuclear reactors would be “very, very small.”
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission assessment concluded reactor core damage, similar to what happened in Japan, from an earthquake, fire or flood would likely cause few, if any, immediate deaths and only a slight increase in cancer-related deaths over the long term.
The NRC report — officially known as the State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence Analyses (SOARCA) research study — was issued as regulators review new procedures for U.S. plants that have drawn heightened attention because of the Fukushima disaster.
“There are significant gaps in information and uncertainties regarding what occurred in the Fukushima reactors,” the report said, but concluded U.S. reactor operators would be able to prevent core damage and reduce the release of radioactive materials.
The SOARCA study reached its conclusions by modeling the potential for risks posed by accidents at Exelon Corp's Peach Bottom plant in Pennsylvania and Dominion's Surry nuclear plant in Virginia.

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NRC regulators say the public health risks from a U.S. nuclear accident are 'very, very small,' nearly a year after the Fukushima disaster.
Thursday, 02 February 2012 02:07 PM
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