An NBC investigation found that the NRC coordinated an effort to hide information they knew from the public during the early days of the Fukushima Disaster. These included agreeing to lie to the press about the existence of Japanese nuclear experts stationed at the NRC offices in DC. Two sets of talking points were created, one for the public that insisted on total safety in US reactors while in private the NRC worried about the dire situation in Japan.
The same NRC staff members coordinated an effort to not admit the current situation of US reactors and earthquake standards. One NRC staffer insisted to their colleagues that the head of the Department of Energy should have lied to the press about the earthquake resistance of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant that was briefly under a tsunami alert from the East Japan earthquake.
NBC details the events with quotes from NRC emails obtained by freedom of information requests.
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