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Nuclear plants ill-prepared for worst-case scenarios, report says

Nuclear plants ill-prepared for worst-case scenarios, report says

The current approaches for regulating nuclear plant safety in the U.S. are “clearly inadequate” for preventing meltdowns and “mitigating their consequences,” according to a report released Thursday. U.S. safety regulations traditionally ensure that plants are designed to withstand ordinary equipment failures, power losses and the loss of ability to cool the reactor core — the part of a plant where the nuclear reactions take place. But this is not enough, according to the report by the National Academy of Sciences. “To what extent are they proactive versus reactive?” said Najmedin Meshkati, an engineering professor at USC who worked on the report....

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