visited the Millstone, Conn., nuclear facility in 1998.
assuming leadership at the NRC, Jackson took the opportunity to visit
Chornobyl in Ukraine, where a reactor explosion in 1986 spewed plutonium
and other highly radioactive materials into the atmosphere and froze the
world's attention on the potential for cataclysm.
"Chornobyl is an environmental disaster," Jackson says. "Even though
the workers continue to work at the plant, no one can live within 18 miles
of the facility. Even outside the boundaries there is still contamination."
The Chornobyl experience focused Jackson on the need for international
nuclear safety regulators to formalize a means to discuss and review safety
issues at a high policy level. In 1997 she spearheaded the formation of
the International Nuclear Regulators Association (INRA), comprising the
most senior nuclear regulatory officials of Canada, France, Germany, Japan,
Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She chaired
the INRA through its first two years, guiding its development as a high-level
forum to examine issues and to offer assistance to other nations on matters
of nuclear safety.
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