Science: Life: An Atom-Powered Shutdown

Five Eastern nuclear plants are turned off for safety checks

After seeing The China Syndrome, in which profiteering contractors and profit-possessed power industry executives easily outfox the Government agency charged with regulating their nuclear plants, even citizens not afraid of the peaceful use of reactors may wonder how well the Nuclear Regulatory Commission does its job. Such viewers should find an action last week by the NRC to be reassuring. In a case of life refuting the moviemakers' art, the commission shut down five nuclear plants in the populous East because of questions about their ability to withstand earthquakes.

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