Heard in the News
- Secretary of Energy Steve Chu
"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. Information is still coming in about the events unfolding in Japan, but the administration is committed to learning from Japan's experience as we work to continue to strengthen America's nuclear industry. Safety remains at the forefront of our effort to responsibly develop America's energy resources, and we will continue to incorporate the best practices and lessons learned in that process."
(House Appropriations Subcommittee Testimony - March 15, 2011)
- Neil Sheehan, Spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
"At the conclusion of this evaluation, we were satisfied that the plant meets the clearly defined requirements for a license extension, including the establishment of thorough aging management programs for key safety systems, structures and components. We continue to have confidence that all of the U.S. nuclear power plants are safe. This is based on, among other things, the fact that they are designed to cope with a broad range of natural phenomena, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc., and have diverse and redundant safety features."
(Brattleboro Reformer, March 25, 2011)
- Gregory B. Jaczko, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
"Right now we continue to believe that nuclear power plants in this country operate safely and securely. All our plants are designed to withstand significant natural phenomena like earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis. But bottom line, right now, we believe that the plants in this country continue to be designed to a very high standard for seismic- and tsunami-type events."
(New America Media, March 30, 2011)
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