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Nuclear agency urged to review spent fuel pools
Report says nuclear agency should review safety of spent fuel pools at US nuclear plants
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A new report urges the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to take immediate steps to improve the safety of spent-fuel pools at U.S. nuclear plants.

A staff report released Wednesday elevates the importance of spent-fuel pools, saying current regulations do not require instruments measuring water levels to be operable in case of accident. Water levels at spent-fuel pools were a key issue after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami that crippled a nuclear plant in Japan.

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko initially said a spent-fuel pool at the plant was dry, a claim that Japanese officials sharply disputed. NRC officials later acknowledged Jaczko spoke in error.

The recommendation on spent-fuel pools is one of eight steps agency staff says the NRC should take "without delay" as it responds to the Japan crisis.

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