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Backgrounder on Emergency Preparedness at Nuclear Power Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reexamined the role of emergency preparedness (EP) for protecting the public near nuclear power plants following the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979. The accident showed the need for improved planning, response, and communication by federal, state, and local governments to deal with reactor accidents. Although the NRC remained vigilant over the years, the events of September 11, 2001, prompted a new focus on emergency preparedness and a further review of the threat environment. The NRC now considers new threat scenarios and protections in emergency preparedness in light of the threat of terrorist attacks.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-03-19 15:03:42
Description The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reexamined the role of emergency preparedness (EP) for protecting the public near nuclear power plants following the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979. The accident showed the need for improved planning, response, and communication by federal, state, and local governments to deal with reactor accidents. Although the NRC remained vigilant over the years, the events of September 11, 2001, prompted a new focus on emergency preparedness and a further review of the threat environment. The NRC now considers new threat scenarios and protections in emergency preparedness in light of the threat of terrorist attacks.
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Source United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Keyword Fact sheet, Nuclear power plants, Emergency preparedness
Selector Rowe
Date Of Record Creation 2009-03-19 14:58:14
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Date Last Modified 2009-03-23 15:56:39
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-03-19 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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