Jefferey Merrifield served on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1998 – 2007. He was there when the Commission and the industry engaged in numerous “what if” discussions in the wake of 9-11 and major natural disasters like hurricanes Katrina and Isabella. As a result of those on going efforts, the US nuclear industry has already implemented a number of measures to make nuclear power plants more resilient and even better at protecting public health and safety. The effort certainly will not stop there; one of the things that the public does not fully comprehend about the people involved in nuclear energy production is that they (we) are constantly engaging in an effort to improve, to learn lessons, and to fight the temptation to become complacent.
Aside: I wish that the current Chairman was as calm and methodical as people like Jeffery Merrifield and Dale Klein.