Massachusetts attorney general pushing NRC to take second look at Japan's Fukushima disaster as they consider relicensing Entergy's nuclear station, says plants have similarities

BOSTON , December 9, 2011 () – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is pushing federal regulators to take another look at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan as they consider relicensing Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Coakley on Friday appealed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board's refusal to consider the implications of the Fukushima disaster last March.

Coakley said there are similarities between the Fukushima and Pilgrim plants.

The atomic safety board has ruled the Fukushima accident doesn't present significant new information that must be assessed in relation to the Pilgrim plant.

Coakley said she's not opposed to nuclear power, as long as all safety precautions are taken.

In 2006, Coakley warned that an accident involving the spent fuel pool at Pilgrim would present a significant risk to public safety.

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