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GAO Report: NRC Needs to Better Understand Likely Public Response to Radiological Incidents at Nuclear Power Plants

from IAEM

After the 2011 Japan tsunami that resulted in a nuclear power plant disaster, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertook an examination of issues related to emergency preparedness at U.S. nuclear power plants. The GAO has issued its report, which examines: (1) federal, licensees', and local and state authorities' responsibilities in radiological emergency preparedness; (2) the activities NRC and FEMA take to oversee licensee and local and state radiological emergency preparedness; and (3) NRC and FEMA requirements for informing the public on preparedness and the NRC's understanding of public awareness. GAO reviewed laws, regulations, and guidance; examined emergency plans from licensees and local and state authorities; visited four nuclear power plants; and interviewed federal, local and state, and industry officials. To better inform radiological emergency preparedness efforts, GAO recommends that NRC obtain information on public awareness and likely public response outside the 10- mile zone, and incorporate insights into guidance, as appropriate. Download the report. more

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