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US says nuke plants need more emergency training

WASHINGTON -- Some U.S. nuclear power plants have not trained their workers properly about emergency guidelines intended to protect the public in the event of a severe accident or disaster, federal regulators said Monday.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said inspections conducted after the Japan nuclear crisis found reason for concern, although the commission continues to believe that the 104 nuclear reactors in the United States are safe.

Inspectors found that many plant operators have done too little to train their staffs on the voluntary emergency guidelines or update their procedures, said Eric Leeds, director of the NRC's Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. The guidelines were put in place in the 1990s and are meant to contain or reduce the impact of an accident that damages a reactor core.

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