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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 03/21/2012

NRC seeks public comment on proposed order

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed order regarding station blackouts at the nation’s nuclear power plants.

The order would require nuclear plants to maintain functions despite
A radiation monitor indicates 102.00 microsieverts per hour at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. (Issei Kato - VIA BLOOMBERG)
loss of electric grid or emergency generators. The NRC is issuing the rule as part of a slate of measures to prepare America’s nuclear reactors for a natural disaster, similar to the earthquake and tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan a year ago.

The five NRC commissioners testified on the Hill last week about procedures taken to ensure such a disaster would not happen on U.S. soil.

The notice for public comment, published Tuesday in the Federal Register, asks for input on station blackout procedures, nuclear plant design and whether regulations should demand plants withstand natural disasters greater than what they are already designed for.

The public comment period is open until May 4 and can be submitted through

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By Timothy R. Smith  |  08:53 AM ET, 03/21/2012

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