Lessons from Fukushima One Year Later: NRC's Implementation of Recommendations for Enhancing Nuclear Reactor Safety in the 21st Century, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, March 15, 2012 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the March 15, 2012 joint hearing on "Lessons from Fukushima One Year Later: NRC's [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] Implementation of Recommendations for Enhancing Nuclear Reactor Safety in the 21st Century" held before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and the Committee on Environment and Public Works. From the statement of Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer: "A year ago this week in Japan, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of the Japan, triggering a tsunami that is reported to have reached up to 45 feet high and stretched up to six miles inland. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant was hit hard -- it lost power, multiple hydrogen gas explosions tore apart reactor buildings, containment structures were damaged, three nuclear reactors melted down, and radiation poured out into the environment. People's lives were uprooted by evacuations to avoid the threat of radiation poisoning. Many of these men, women, and children have yet to return to their homes -- some may never go back. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan and the victims of this catastrophe. The purpose of this hearing is to conduct oversight on the NRC's efforts to ensure that the 104 nuclear reactors in our nation are operating safely and that these plants are swiftly implementing the lessons learned from the disaster in Japan." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gregory B. Jaczko, Kristine L. Svinicki, George Apostolakis, William D. Magwood, and William C. Ostendorff.
S. Hrg. 112-959; Senate Hearing 112-959
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