Aiming to implement \u201clessons learned\u201d from the Fukushima Daichii nuclear meltdowns, 38 organizations petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Feb. 15 to increase emergency safety precautions surrounding reactors. There\u2019s been \u201clittle change in emergency planning regulations in 30 years\u201d wrote Nuclear Information & Resource Service, a national organization taking the lead on the petition. It was joined by 37 more organizations from states with nuclear reactors, like California. Local organizations on the petition are San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace and Livermore-based Tri-City CARES. Radiation exposure from the Fukushima accident shows the current requirement of a 10-mile zone for emergency planning for exposure and ingestion \u201care inadequate to protect public health and safety,\u201d notes the petition. It cites journalistic and scientific reports positioning radioactive \u201chot spots\u201d 100 miles from the meltdowns. Populations living near reactors have increased since the commission initiated its standards. There are 7.4 million surrounding San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and 424,000 in the near vicinity of Diablo Canyon, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Evacuation advice posted by California\u2019s Emergency Management Agency basically directs those who live near reactors to find the nearest freeway to get away in case of an accident. The petition requests three new emergency regulations from federal regulators: -A 25-mile radius plume exposure pathway zone. This would include detailed means for evacuation, with bi-annual emergency drills. Transportation would be provided for elderly, school, and prison populations. Shelters would be created outside the zone. -A 50-mile emergency response zone. Within this boundary, the nuclear plant owner identifies evacuation routes to residents and updates residents every year on those routes. Power plant owners would provide transportation for disabled, hospital, and prison populations. -A 100-mile ingestion exposure zone. Measuring water, crops, and other vegetation for contamination would be required, with the results made public.