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U.S. NRC Approves First Orders in Response to Fukushima Crisis

March 09, 2012

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved its first rules in response to Japan’s reactor crisis one year ago this weekend, and urged plant owners to make the safety enhancements by 2016.

The NRC directed its staff to issue three orders to improve safety at the 104 U.S. operating reactors, according to a memo posted today on the agency’s website.

The regulator is weighing a dozen recommendations designed to prevent a U.S. catastrophe similar to Japan’s.

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