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It has been nearly one year since a tsunami ravaged the nation of Japan, putting its Fukushima nuclear reactor on meltdown.

The Quad Cities own nuclear reactor, located in Cordova, IL, says the event has taught them and the entire nuclear energy community some valuable lessons.

"We've done a lot at this plant," Bill Stoermer told KWQC.

"We've gone back and looked at 800 of our emergency procedures and processes. We've bought additional equipment in the unlikely event that there would be any type of a situation here," he added.

The Cordova plant is operated by Exelon, one of the largest nuclear power companies in the world.

Some nuclear experts have argued that reactors, like the plant in Cordova, should expand their policies beyond the mandated 10 mile evacuation zone if something should go wrong.

"We believe that the ten mile zone is efficient but we would not hesitate at all to expand that in the unlikely event that something had happened," Stoermer added.

Exelon sends a pamphlet to residents living within the evacuation zone every year in an effort to education the public.

"Education can always be done, people can always learn more about how these plants operate,"
Stoermer concluded.  

Local law enforcement agencies would be responsible for evacuating communities in the QCA in the event a disaster did occur.

Emergency management agencies simulate drills on a regular basis for that unlikely event.