Legislation in response to Japanese nuke crisis begins surfacing

The U.S. official would also encourage parties to the pact to make more information available about their nuclear safety efforts, and encourage “all countries that have or are considering a civilian nuclear power program to join the Convention,” the summary notes.

The measure would require the U.S. government to craft a new strategic plan for international cooperation on nuclear power safety.

“The unfolding nuclear emergency in Japan reminds us that we must be vigilant about the safety of nuclear facilities worldwide. Twenty-five years ago, the Chernobyl disaster prompted international nuclear safety cooperation, and these recent events underscore the need to continue improving international efforts,” Akaka said in a statement Friday.

“This bill would build on the international Convention on Nuclear Safety by improving information sharing, strategic planning, and performance evaluation, so nations can work together to prevent nuclear catastrophe,” he added.

Akaka heads the panel of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that deals with oversight of government management, while Carper heads the subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee that oversees nuclear safety.