NRC task force: US nuclear plants still safe

By MATTHEW DALY | May 12, 2011 | 10:28 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A task force reviewing the safety of U.S. nuclear power plants in the wake of the crisis in Japan says it hasn't found anything to suggest that reactors in this country are at risk.

The task force established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it has not identified any issues that undermine confidence in the continued safety and emergency planning at the 104 U.S. nuclear reactors.

Even so, it said it is likely to recommend changes in rules governing U.S. nuclear plants to enhance safety and preparedness.

The NRC set up the task force in March, saying it was important to apply lessons learned from Japan. The task force is conducting two reviews, a 90-day report due in July and a long-term analysis due in January.