"Regulators on Friday told the owners of the nation's nuclear reactors to implement new safety rules based on the lessons learned from the earthquake and tsunami that crippled Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant a year ago. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it authorized its staff to issue three immediately effective orders implementing some of the more urgent recommendations."
"The NRC gave the plants until December 31, 2016, to complete modifications and requirements for the three orders."
The Senate Environment Committee will hold a hearing Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 10 am ET on "Lessons from Fukushima One Year Later: NRC’s Implementation of Recommendations for Enhancing Nuclear Reactor Safety in the 21st Century." Witnesses will be all five members of the NRC.