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Sympathy with advocates of nuclear moratorium, from NRC chief

US Nuclear Regulator Sympathizes With Moratorium Advocates, Fox Business By Ryan Tracy October 05, 2011 WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones) The top U.S. nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that he sympathized with the views of groups who argue the U.S. should stop moving forward with plans for new nuclear-power plants until it can implement lessons from Japan’s nuclear crisis earlier this year.

“There are strong arguments on both sides about putting [in place] a moratorium,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said during a public discussion about the Japan incident at the National Press Club.

Jaczko noted that, collectively, the five-member commission has decided to move forward with licensing new reactors and re-licensing existing ones as it reviews the Japan incident. Jaczko didn’t dispute that course outright, but said one process should inform the other. “What I feel personally is that I think these processes can’t be independent,” he said….

October 10, 2011 - Posted by | safety, USA

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