New Nuclear Reactors Must Withstand Airplane Hit

Law360, New York (February 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a rule requiring nuclear power plants to design new reactors to weather the impacts of commercial airplanes, in a move spurred by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The NRC announced the rule on Tuesday. It will require nuclear power plants to be designed to ensure that in the event of an aircraft attack a reactor would maintain its ability to cool down its core operations and to cool down its spent fuel, as well as preserve its containment (which...
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