The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to launch "systematic" scrutiny of U.S. plants, where there's nearly 100 tons of spent radioactive fuel.
The NRC exists to police, not promote, the domestic nuclear industry--but diplomatic cables show that it is sometimes used as a sales tool to help push American technology to foreign governments.
A well-timed report from the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights safety incidents at U.S. plants in 2010 and gives the NRC mixed grades on its responses.
The NRC report says the United States should follow the European model of creating Yet Another Federal Bureaucracy.
With four months left, the Pentagon aims to bring overseas military bases into compliance, the NRC says some nuclear power reactors need an upgrade, and the Energy Department starts a round of testing.
The White House faces more opposition in its drive for Internet encryption.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is experimenting with online public hearings using its Web site coupled with a videoconferencing system located in six U.S. towns and cities.