Boston: NRC officials reassure lawmakers on nuclear plants

Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are reassuring state leaders that nuclear plants in and around

Massachusetts are safe, even as they order inspections of the plants here and across the country.

Regional NRC Administrator Bill Dean met with Gov. Deval Patrick and members of his administration for about 90 minutes in Patrick’s office Wednesday afternoon.

Dean said he updated Patrick on the agency’s best understanding of what’s happening at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. He also said he told Patrick that nuclear plants in the U.S. are safe, with robust designs and operating systems.

Massachusetts Energy Secretary Richard Sullivan said the review included a self-inspection by operators of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth within 30 days followed by an inspection by the NRC within 90 days.

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