Mass. Rep. Markey calls on NRC to revise safety standards after Hurricane Irene

Massachusetts Representative Edward Markey sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday, asking them to “re-evaluate and, as necessary, upgrade the protection against hurricanes and other extreme weather events in light of the multiple challenges faced by nuclear power plants during Hurricane Irene this past weekend. I additionally ask once again that you immediately move to adopt the recommendation of NRC’s Near-Term Task Force Report on Fukushima to require the re-evaluation of seismic and flooding hazards every 10 years and address any new and significant to ensure that nuclear power plants are protected against these hazards.”

Markey’s letter cites a number of problems with nuclear power plants during Hurricane Irene, including the transformer explosion at Calvert Cliffs, a number of power reductions, problems with emergency sirens and loss of offsite power.

You can read Markey’s letter at: http://markey.house.gov/docs/0829_2011_markey_to_nrc_irene.pdf

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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One Response to Mass. Rep. Markey calls on NRC to revise safety standards after Hurricane Irene

  1. Pingback: Congressman: Emergency diesel generator was inoperable due to flooding at Maryland nuke plant where transformer exploded during hurricane « ENENEWS.COM

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