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Nuclear Law Bulletin

Nuclear Energy Agency

Published twice a year, the Nuclear Law Bulletin covers legislative developments in almost 60 countries around the world as well as reporting on relevant jurisprudence and administrative decisions, bilateral and international agreements and regulatory activities of international organisations.

Each issue typically includes the following sections: Articles, Case Law, National Legislative and Regulatory Activities, International Regulatory Activities, Agreements, News Briefs, and a Supplement.

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Adequate protection after the Fukushima Daiichi accident

A constant in a world of change

Nuclear Energy Agency

The tragic accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) will long be seen as a seminal event in the history of commercial nuclear power. Within the United States, not since the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979 has the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) been confronted with as many important issues, so central to the core of its mission, as have arisen following the Fukushima Daiichi accident. While much of the agency’s attention has rightfully been on the technical merits of the NRC’s Near-Term Task Force (NTTF)1 Report recommendations, the long-term regulatory implications of our post-Fukushima Daiichi actions have not always received similar scrutiny. Now that sufficient time has passed, I believe it is appropriate to take a step back and at a high level see what impact implementation of all these actions will have on our regulatory framework and our approach to adequate protection.

 

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