BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley is urging Congress to tighten the license renewal period for nuclear power plants.
Coakley is taking aim at current rules that allow the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to relicense a plant that has as many as 20 years left on its initial 40-year license.
In a letter sent this week to a House committee, Coakley called for passage of a bill that would prevent nuclear plants from seeking relicensing more than ten years before their current licenses expire.
She says the change would allow the NRC to better evaluate how a facility has been affected by age.
Coakley points to Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire, which applied for renewal in 2010 with 20 years left on its initial license. She says the application failed to address degradation in its concrete structure.