13.05.11.Inspektory Commission U.S. Nuclear Regulatory (NRC) have shown a lack of U.S. nuclear preparedness for emergencies.
Recent inspections performed at 104 U.S. reactors, nuclear power plants, identified malfunctioning about a third of emergency equipment for emergency situations, the New York Times referring to the deputy executive director of the U.S. Department of Nuclear Marty Virgilio.
Experts of the Commission also reported on misuse of emergency technology. In particular, the number of stations and emergency equipment used in the normal operation of nuclear power plants, in other machinery for use in the event of flooding, was stored in areas that could be flooded.
In addition, the Commission's action plan in case of an emergency does not consider two factors that led to the severe consequences of the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima-1: The problem with the more than one reactor and the complete destruction of the infrastructure as a result of the disaster.
According to the report, Democratic Congressman Edward Markey, in nuclear power plants in the U.S., there are other drawbacks. For example, the number of stations emergency diesel generators needed to run cooling systems, often functioned properly. Over the past eight years, the Commission has recorded 69 cases of failure of generators by 33 nuclear power plants.
Stamps also criticized the NRC to address the fact that the agency has allowed a number of operating companies in the U.S. do not use the equipment to remove the excess hydrogen produced by overheated nuclear fuel. Accumulation of hydrogen in the first reactor of Fukushima-1 caused the explosion at Unit and a number of leaks of radiation.
Recall that in late April, was suspended nuclear power plant in the U.S. state of Alabama after the tornado disconnected from external power supply station.