U.S. Responses to the JCO Accident

Numark Associates, Inc.

Numark Associates is studying the impacts in the United States of the JCO criticality accident which occurred in Japan on September 30, 1999.  In particular we are focusing on the reactions of the U.S. government, particularly as they impact safety procedures at both U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-licensed facilities and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.

This document chronicles the information we have been able to obtain regarding reactions to date from the White House as well as the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the nuclear industry.

1.    The White House

2.    U.S. Department of Energy

3.    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

4.    Environmental Protection Agency

5.    Nuclear Industry

Dr. Alcorn also stated that BWX prohibits all large-geometry vessels on site, drilling holes in all garbage pails, trashcans and even desk drawers to prevent potential unauthorized use.

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