Union of Concerned Scientists
reducing the frequency of safety performance declines that could lead to year-plus outages. The U.S. Congress, which oversees the NRC,
must ensure that the reforms listed above are completed effectively and expeditiously. These reforms are imperative if our country’s 104 exist- ing nuclear power reactors are to be considered truly safe enough. And completion of these reforms should be a prerequisite for the construction of any new federally subsidized nuclear power reactors. Otherwise, the next safety problem at a nuclear power plant may not just represent a potential extended outage—it may pose a threat far worse than a speeding car headed straight toward a busy school zone.