Dow Jones Newswires
January 9, 2013

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission appeared divided Wednesday over whether to mandate safety improvements at U.S. nuclear power plants that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

At least one commission member seemed to favor the mandate at a public hearing Wednesday, while two others expressed reservations. It wasn’t clear how the five-member body would vote on the proposal, and a final decision might not come for weeks.

At issue is whether the commission should require safety upgrades at 31 U.S. nuclear plants with similar designs to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility, which experienced a triple meltdown after an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

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