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Memphis Center To Help In Case Of Nuclear Disaster

Memphis Center To Help In Case Of Nuclear Disaster

CREATED Jun 27, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Officials in the U.S. nuclear energy industry have held a ribbon-cutting for a facility that holds equipment such as power generators and water pumps that could be delivered to nuclear plants struck by a natural disaster or other extreme event.

The ceremony took place Friday at the Memphis Regional Response Center.

The Memphis facility, along with an identical center that opened last month in Phoenix, are part of an effort by the nuclear industry to possess the ability to fly in heavy equipment that could avert a meltdown.

The response center is part of a plan being developed to meet new rules that emerged since a 2011 tsunami struck the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan, flooding its emergency equipment and causing nuclear meltdowns that sent radiation into the environment.

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