Chairman Gregory Jaczko was asked Tuesday why the NRC urged Americans to move 50 miles away from failing plants in Japan if it has a 10-mile standard in the U.S.
He said the situation in Japan was specific to what happened there. He said that in the event of an accident at a U.S. plant, the NRC would recommend an evacuation beyond 10 miles if it was needed.
Jaczko spoke outside the Indian Point nuclear power plant in the New York City suburbs.
He had just toured the plant with two members of Congress who oppose Indian Point's application for new 20-year licenses.