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Onsite Emergency Response Capabilities Rulemaking

Emergency ProceduresAt Fukushima, the combination of several severe events challenged the plants' emergency plans and procedures. The NRC is rewriting its rules to strengthen and integrate the various emergency response capabilities at U.S. nuclear power plants. Currently, U.S. plants may have several categories of response procedures that they draw upon, depending on the incident at their site.  This rulemaking will establish standards that ensure the plants can smoothly transition between the various procedures, keeping the plants' overall strategies coherent and comprehensive. The new rule will also have the plants improve strategies for large-scale events to promote effective decision-making at all levels. The new rule will also include training, qualification, and evaluation requirements for the key personnel expected to implement the procedures and strategies.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, June 26, 2013