Quake puts nuclear power plant safety on shaky ground in United States

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The federal government forces industries to spend enormous amounts of money to keep the public safe, both from flaws in products and manufacturing processes. But a situation related to the earthquake earlier this month should prompt Americans to wonder whether too much emphasis is on protecting us from problems in the past – while not enough is about serious danger in the future.

But the NRC now is concerned about some power plants here that may have been damaged by the earthquake centered in Virginia last month.

NRC inspectors already have visited some nuclear power plants to ensure they did not suffer significant damage from the earthquake. But additional inspectors were being sent to the North Anna power plant near Richmond, Va., last week, after the company’s owner made a disturbing discovery.

Dominion Power told the NRC its analysis indicated the strength of tremors caused by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake may have exceeded what the North Anna plant was designed to handle.

But while this region of the country seldom is shaken by earthquakes, the potential for them is as real as the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Oak Harbor.

Dominion’s notice to the NRC raises questions about whether federal guidelines are adequate to protect the public, should an even stronger earthquake occur. Those questions need to be answered by the NRC immediately.

Source: nuclearpower.einnews.com, via Nuclear Power News: Virginia Nuclear Power News
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