What If A Plane Hit A Nuclear Power Plant?

03/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Firms building nuclear power stations will have to present designs that limit the possible effects of a large aircraft hitting the facility, the US nuclear energy watchdog said Wednesday.

The rules are designed to limit the impact of a potentially catastrophic September 11-style attack on reactors, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The new regulations -- which come after nearly two years of deliberations -- were approved on Tuesday according to Scott Burnell, a spokesman for the NRC.

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