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Nuclear plant safety improves despite lapses, watchdog group says
Nuclear plant safety improves despite lapses, watchdog group says

U.S. commercial nuclear power plants had 10 serious incidents in 2013 that could have resulted in damage to nuclear reactors, but the industry's overall safety record improved, the Union of Concerned Scientists said Friday. The Washington-based watchdog group cited several incidents in its 60-page annual report, showing inconsistent safety enforcement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and lapses at the nation's commercial reactors. David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who leads the union's nuclear safety project, says both the number of safety incidents and their severity declined last year. But he says it's too early to say whether the reduction is part of...

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