Japan nuclear response similar to U.S. policy: NRC

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:37 PM
Japan nuclear response similar to U.S. policy: NRC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday said Japan's response to its nuclear crisis was mostly in line with U.S. safety policies.

The commission's analysts have reviewed radiation data from Japanese nuclear reactors damaged last week by a massive earthquake and a tsunami.

"The analysts continue to conclude the steps recommended by Japanese authorities parallel those the United States would suggest in a similar situation," the commission said in a statement.

Japan has recommended evacuation up to 20 km (12 miles) around the reactors and advised people within 30 km (19 miles) of the reactor to remain inside, the commission said.

These actions were similar to actions the United States would take if radiation dose levels reached 1 rem to the entire body and 5 rem for the thyroid. A rem is a measure of radiation dose, the commission said.

The commission said reported Japanese radiation measurements were well below these levels, however.

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)