Amid lawmakers' concerns, officials say U.S. nuclear plants are safe
Evening sets on the San Onofre atomic power plant December 6, 2004 in northern San Diego County, California.
March 14th, 2011
05:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Amid lawmakers' concerns, officials say U.S. nuclear plants are safe

Washington (CNN) - Any plans to build a nuclear power plant in an area of the United States prone to earthquakes should be reconsidered in light of the damage to Japanese reactors by last week's earthquake and tsunami, Democratic Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts told CNN on Monday.

"We just have to call a time out and examine whether or not those safety features necessary in the future are built into new nuclear power plants in our country," said Markey, who sits on the House committee overseeing nuclear power.


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  1. Mikey

    I don't know if I would take a stroll by San Onofre. However, we probably do need nuclear power as a bridge as we transition of fossil fuels. We should rethink putting any of them within 250 miles of a major fault line. That will present a bit of a problem for the west coast, since the San Andres fault runs north and south up the length of the west coast and nuclear plants need an abundant water supply. We will figure out how to get it done. First get fossil fuel demand down to our current domestic production level and then get off as completely as possible. Let's set target dates and get it done. And to you shortsighted and selfish people out there, please shut up and leave the hard decisions to the adults.

    March 14, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    I don't believe that they are "safe." I believe that they are a calculated risk.
    If no risks are taken, no money is made.
    Look at maps of faults drawn over hundreds of years.

    March 14, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    Now they're telling all of us – our NUCLEAR PLANTS are SAFE
    But to report to us they will tell us – We would have to WAIT
    Right now they are struggling, maneuvering and they’re scrambling
    And they'll promise us wholeheartedly – They would NOT keep us dangling

    What would come out of this lesson – That ALL of us should learn
    Would we STOP and really think – Stay tuned and be concerned
    About the facts that NATURE is in control – And it sometimes could be mean
    Give up what may destroy this planet – and definitely GO GREEN!!!

    My heart goes out to all of those who lost their lives in Japan. My prayers will ask to now keep them safe!!!

    March 14, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    It was the "one-two" punch of the earthquake and tsunami that caused the problem, as the Japanese reactors withstood the shaking without significant problem, he said.
    Interesting how he tries to make this sound like two unrelated events that coincidentally happened together. If you put a nuclear power plant on the beach, this is one event. Where did this guy come from, BP?!?!

    March 14, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. guy from NM

    If the same size earthquake had hit California, we would be in the same situation than Japan. They are just lying.

    March 14, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |