NRC disavows MSNBC nuclear study

An MSNBC study showing the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant faces the least risk from an earthquake of all 104 U.S. nuclear plants has been disavowed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Lara Uselding, an NRC spokeswoman, said the NRC does not rank plants based on risk of damage from an earthquake.

Uselding said MSNBC reached its own conclusions in its rankings, and the NRC did not approve the rankings.

“It was an incomplete report on the overall research that had been done by the NRC. Somebody at MSNBC took numbers and threw them together to create the rankings. We have said that is not accurate because the NRC does not rank plants by seismic risk,” Uselding said.

She said the NRC did do a study on earthquakes in 2008 to update a previous 1982 study of recent seismic activity, but the NRC did not rank each plant for seismic risk.

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