The Nuclear Industry Wants Fewer Inspections
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- Mar 15, 2019 7:30 am GMT
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On Wednesday, the United States and India agreed to building six U.S. nuclear power plants in India. The two countries have been discussing the supply of US nuclear reactors to India for more than a decade. However, India has only now met liability rules, which require the costs of any accident to be channelled to the operator rather than the maker of a nuclear power station. India plans to triple its nuclear capacity by 2024 and wean themselves off fossil fuels. Meanwhile in the United States, the nuclear industry is pushing for fewer inspections. Specifically, the industry group has asked that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reduce the “burden of radiation-protection and emergency-preparedness inspections.” They have also requested the NRC cut back on what it tells the public about plant problems. Reasons for the request stem from the impact on utilities when the NRC makes public the problems found at a plant. Utilities are bombarded with questions from press and locals and they are concerned with the potential financial impact press releases can have. Does full dislosure hurt business?