U.S. nuclear plants safety debated
WASHINGTON – Two years after the nuclear crisis in Japan, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, although not trouble-free. A watchdog group calls that assessment overly rosy.
“The performance is quite good,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said in an interview with The Associated Press.
All but five of the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors were performing at acceptable safety levels at the end of 2012, Macfarlane said, citing a recent NRC report. “You can’t engage that many reactors and not have a few that are going to have difficulty,” she said.
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