Casey Requests Additional Information on Nuclear Disaster Preparedness
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today sent letters to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requesting additional information to ensure that appropriate procedures are in place in the event of a disaster at a U.S. nuclear power plant.
“In the wake of the nuclear accident in Japan, it is imperative that we have a full understanding of the current safety practices and procedures as well as a series of recommendations on how the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can improve their preparation protocols,” Senator Casey stated in his letter to the NRC. “Given the health and economic repercussions of a nuclear accident, we need to ensure that our citizens are properly prepared and that we anticipate issues before they become problems.”
There are five nuclear power plants operating in Pennsylvania. They are: Beaver Valley in Beaver County, Limerick in Montgomery County, Peach Bottom in York County, Susquehanna in Luzerne County and Three Mile Island in Dauphin County.
A recent investigation by the Associated Press highlights population growth around nuclear power plants as an increasing risk. The Associated Press article is available by clicking here.
The text of the letters is below:
Mr. Gregory B. Jaczko
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
Dear Mr. Jaczko:
I am writing to express concern regarding safety preparations and evacuation procedures in the event of an accident at a nuclear power plant in the United States. In the wake of the nuclear accident in Japan, it is imperative that we have a full understanding of the current safety practices and procedures in the United States. I respectfully request a briefing from you on this issue at your earliest convenience.