The future of President Barack Obama ’s plans to redesign the U.S. energy system with low- emission nuclear plants may hinge on reactors across the Pacific Ocean as Japan’s nuclear disaster renews a debate about the safety of plants.
Hurricane Sandy’s wrath shows that U.S. regulators should swiftly implement nuclear-safety rules developed after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, a top lawmaker said, as industry officials said the lack of major problems during the storm showed that they were ready.
Inspections of the 104 U.S. commercial nuclear reactors found some emergency equipment that “would not start when tested,” was being used for other purposes or was stored in “potentially vulnerable areas.”
Entergy Corp. ’s Indian Point nuclear-power plant needs tighter regulation because of its proximity to New York City, a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists said before a meeting between state officials and U.S. regulators to discuss the facility.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Lieutenant Governor Robert McDuffy and other state officials will meet with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss how safe Entergy Corp. ’s Indian Point nuclear-power plant, located about 24 miles (38 kilometers) north of New York City, would be in an earthquake.