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Regulator: Japan Nuclear Crisis Static But Not Stable

By: MATTHEW DALY - Associated Press Writer
By: MATTHEW DALY - Associated Press Writer

The top U.S. nuclear regulator says he will not change a recommendation that U.S. citizens stay at least 50 miles away from Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, even as he declared that the crisis in that country remains "static."

Gregory Jaczko, who is chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press Monday that the month-old crisis in Japan has not yet stabilized. But he said conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have not changed significantly for several days.

Jaczko said he personally made the decision to recommend that 50 miles was a safe distance from the crippled reactors. The Japanese government had set a 12-mile evacuation zone. Jaczko's recommendation raised questions about U.S. confidence in Tokyo's risk assessments.

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