Nuclear safety lessons explored post-Fukushima
March 9th, 2012
09:14 AM ET

Nuclear safety lessons explored post-Fukushima

As the world reflects a year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, nuclear energy experts are reevaluating safety issues in the United States.

lengthy report released Thursday for the American Nuclear Society details lessons from Fukushima. The earthquake and tsunami that hit the facility in March of last year lead to the widespread release of radioactive contamination, forcing more than 100,000 people from their homes.

The report recommends a more "risk-informed approach" to emergency planning so that evacuation zone distances wouldn't be preassigned, says Michael Corradini, professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Wisconsin.



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