NRC chair: industry must address list of issues

By RAY HENRY | November 10, 2011 | 6:45 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The country's top nuclear safety regulator warned the industry against complacency and said it must resolve several long-running issues, including fire protection and a new analysis of earthquake risks.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko told power company executives Thursday that four nuclear plants are under increased scrutiny because of safety problems. He said regulators conducted more special inspections in the past year than at any point in recent memory.

Jaczko said in prepared remarks that he wants the commission to "move forward swiftly" on safety rules prompted by a disaster this year at a nuclear plant in Japan.

He delivered the remarks in Atlanta at an annual meeting of the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations, an internal watchdog group for the nuclear industry.