"NRC Examines Nuclear Plant Risks In U.S."

"Japanese officials took some solace Wednesday in halting leaks of radioactive water from the nation's crippled nuclear plant. But in Washington, internal e-mails from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission revealed doubts within the organization about procedures for U.S. plants in a Fukushima-style event.

"U.S. plants continue to operate safely," Martin Virgilio, deputy executive director of the NRC's reactor and preparedness programs, told a House subcommittee.

The hearing took place as Japanese nuclear workers notched a rare victory by stopping highly radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday and turned their attention to injecting nitrogen into the reactor cores to prevent more hydrogen explosions."

Oren Dorell reports for USA TODAY April 7, 2011.

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Source: USA TODAY, 04/07/2011