NRC: Nuke plants need more training on emergencies

By MATTHEW DALY | June 6, 2011 | 4:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal inspectors have found that some nuclear power plants have not properly trained their staff about emergency guidelines intended to protect the public in the event of a severe accident or disaster.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it continues to believe that the nation's 104 nuclear reactors are safe, but officials say they are concerned that inspectors found many plant operators have not done enough to train their staff on voluntary guidelines or update emergency procedures.

A task force created after the Japan nuclear crisis requested the inspections, saying they wanted to learn more about emergency guidelines and how they are being implemented. The voluntary guidelines were put in place in the 1990s and are meant to contain or reduce the impact of accidents that damage a reactor core.