With the threats of terrorism and Mother Nature, the safety of U.S. nuclear power plants is a top priority. A new safety plan takes an airborne approach to prevent a radiation disaster.
FOX News Radio's Sal Giangrasso reports:
(Superman) "Look, up in the sky. It's a bird! It's a plane!"
It's equipment to stop a nuclear meltdown!
The utility industry wants the ability to fly in heavy-duty equipment if disaster strikes a U.S. nuclear power plant. The effort, called FLEX, is the nuclear industry's method for meeting new Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules that'll force 65 plants to get extra emergency equipment on-site and store it.
As a backup, the industry is developing regional hubs in Memphis and Phoenix that could truck or even fly in more equipment to stricken reactors. Officials say FLEX will add another layer of defense in case a disaster, like the one at the Fukushima plant in Japan last year, destroys a nuclear plant's multiple backup systems.
Sal Giangrasso, FOX News Radio.