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Capitol Health Call
June 12, 2013

Nuclear Power Plants

JAMA. 2013;309(22):2317. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6578

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) needs a better understanding of the likely response to radiological incidents potentially involving people living outside a 10-mile radius of nuclear power plants, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a report released on April 10. Oversight of emergency preparedness related to responding to an incident within a 10-mile radius of such plants is shared by the NRC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

After the March 11, 2011, tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and led to the largest release of radiation since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the Democratic leadership on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works requested that the GAO prepare the report (

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