NRC Tightens Venting System Safety Rules For Reactors

Law360, New York (June 6, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday finalized new venting system safety standards for two classes of nuclear reactors, a move intended to improve emergency response by increasing their capacity to release pressure during potential accidents.

Vents at boiling water reactors classified as Mark I or Mark II, of which there are 31 in the U.S., will now have to handle the pressures, temperatures, radiation levels and hydrogen concentrations from another damaged reactor, according to the NRC.

The reforms are part of the government's efforts to...
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