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Nuclear Industry Must Speed Seismic Reviews, NRC’s Chairman Says

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, disagreeing with a staff proposal, said reactor owners should speed a review of earthquake risks to complete the assessment by 2016, at least a year ahead of schedule.

Seismic reviews at 104 U.S. reactors may take until at least 2017, or later, because reactor owners told the agency technical resources aren’t available for a quicker analysis, Jaczko said today in a phone interview.