Mar 18 2011

Obama administration stands by nuclear power plans

Published by at 1:47 am under Uncategorized

The Obama administration, pressed on the issue of the safety of American nuclear plants in the wake of the Japanese catastrophe, is insisting that “”The American people should have full confidence that the United States has rigorous safety regulations in place to ensure that our nuclear power is generated safely and responsibly,” according to testimony given by Energy Secretary Steven Chu before Congress. President Obama has acknowledged that “nothing’s completely failsafe, nothing is completely foolproof.”

Of particular concern is that it does not appear to be the earthquake that caused the potential nuclear meltdown in Japan, but the subsequent tsunami. This will mean increased focus on those plants in the United States located near the ocean.

“Our main concern is that the industry here in the U.S. here and elsewhere doesn’t try to whitewash the event – it is one of the most serious accidents to occur at a nuclear power plant in the history of nuclear industry,” said Dr. Edwin Lyman, an expert on nuclear plant design.

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