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Sen. Boxer calls for post-Fukushima safety report as anniversary approaches

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is calling on regulators to issue a progress report on their efforts to implement a raft of safety measures identified in the aftermath of the Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster.

{mosads}Boxer’s request to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Allison Macfarlane comes ahead of the second anniversary of the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

After the disaster, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, an independent NRC task force issued 12 safety recommendations to improve safety at the 104 nuclear reactors in the United States.

“March 11, 2013 will mark two years since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima, Japan,” Boxer wrote in a letter to Macfarlane. “It is vital that U.S. nuclear power plants fully incorporate the lessons learned from this disaster.”

Boxer, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has held seven NRC oversight meetings focused on safety improvements. She is requesting the report in anticipation of an eighth, planned for later this month, she said.

“Please ensure this report includes specific information concerning the current timeline for making final decisions on the remaining safety improvements, the anticipated implementation dates for these requirements, and the expected completion dates when these safety measures will be fully in place at U.S. nuclear plants,” Boxer wrote.

Macfarlane and the commission’s four other members faced similar questions during a hearing last month before a pair of House Energy and Commerce subcommittees.

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