In an evaluation of the nation\u2019s nuclear power plants--taken in light of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns--a Nuclear Regulatory Commission task force recommended an \u201cenhanced regulatory framework\u201d to assure that continued operation of nuclear facilities \u201cdo not pose an imminent risk to public health and safety.\u201d The Japan Task Force noted July 13 that regulators should consider requiring seismic upgrades to plants, as well as evaluating long-term \u201cpotential enhancements to prevent or mitigate seismically induced fires or floods.\u201d California\u2019s nuclear facilities are rated as being in the highest seismically active area of all the nation\u2019s facilities. \u201cI urge the NRC to quickly move to order the adoption of the recommendations of this report as well as the full complement of lessons that can be learned from the Fukushima disaster before the issuance of any new nuclear power plant design or license or approval of any relicense application,\u201d Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), who has a bill calling for halting relicensing, stated. The task force did not suggest that federal regulators slow or stop their processes to relicense nuclear power plants for an extra 20 years beyond their original 40-year licenses. Pacific Gas & Electric has a pending application for license extension on its Diablo Canyon facility. While the NRC said it would accept pending seismic data on Diablo before a final relicensing decision, federal regulators did not say they are officially stalling the entire relicensing process in order to include earthquake information. Since the Japanese meltdowns, the NRC has approved license extensions for three facilities. While saying they support the task force, industry representatives want more input into any resulting new requirements. \u201cThe task force report does not cite significant data from the Fukushima accident to support many of its recommendations,\u201d Tony Pietrangelo, Nuclear Energy Institute senior vice president, stated. He requested more nuclear power plant owner \u201cengagement\u201d in future reports.