July 2011

  • Tony Pietrangelo, NEI’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, conducted a teleconference with the media today on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff report recommending steps the agency should take in light of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. Earlier in the day, Pietrangelo appeared in an interview on Reuters television. NEI also issued a statement on the report. The NRC task force that wrote the report will brief the commissioners on its recommendations in a webcast meeting July 19. A commission press release on the report is here.

Plant Status

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. has measured high levels of radioactivity inside reactor building 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility. The company believes the source of the radioactivity is steam from the reactor. TEPCO has been using robotic measuring devices to conduct radiation surveys inside three reactor buildings and in areas surrounding the buildings since early this month.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Fukushima Daiichi task force has provided a report on the first 90 days of its nuclear power plant review to congressional oversight committees. The task force report confirms the safety of U.S. nuclear energy facilities and recommends actions to enhance U.S. nuclear plant readiness to safely manage severe events. Following is a statement from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, Tony Pietrangelo.

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NEI has posted three new backgrounders to its website:

  • Strict Regulatory Oversight
    The nuclear industry’s ingrained culture of safety is reinforced by stringent and independent government regulation. Virtually every aspect of a nuclear energy facility is subject to government regulation and scrutiny — its design, where it is built, how it is built, how it is operated,  how it handles used nuclear fuel, how it plans for emergencies and how it will be shut down at the end of its useful life. Read More >>
  • Security of Used Nuclear Fuel
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission strictly regulates how nuclear energy facilities manage uranium fuel once it is removed from the reactor. Read More >>
  • Protecting Against Floods
    Nuclear energy facilities use independent scientists to estimate the most powerful natural disasters possible within 200 miles of the plant – and then design and build it to endure forces even more powerful. This approach doesn’t just meet federal government standards, it exceeds them. Read More >>

See the main fact sheet Web page for all of NEI’s backgrounders on the Fukushima nuclear energy situation and the U.S. nuclear industry’s response.

Plant Status

  • An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck northeast Japan Sunday morning, prompting tsunami warnings for the coast, including Fukushima prefecture. Tokyo Electric Power Co. ordered workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to move to higher ground and suspended the transfer of low-level contaminated water from the plant to a large steel storage barge. However, no problems at the plant were reported after only a small tsunami wave reached the coast. Cooling water injections into reactors 1, 2 and 3 and nitrogen injections into reactors 1 and 2 continued as normal.
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NEI’s Everett Redmond, director of nonproliferation and fuel cycle policy, discusses how a nuclear reactor safely generates energy.

Learn more about nuclear energy and related topics in NEI’s “Ask an Expert” section.

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