August 2011

NEI has posted a new backgrounder to its website:

  • 7 Steps Industry Has Taken to Reconfirm Safety,  Preparedness at America’s Nuclear Energy Plants
    Nuclear energy should be judged on the facts—not perception. America’s nuclear energy industry has a combined 3,600 years of safe nuclear power plant operating experience, and we have protected the public, our workers and the environment throughout five decades of safe operations. There is a global commitment to safety in the nuclear energy industry, yet corporate safety and training programs and regulatory systems differ from country to country. There are significant differences between U.S. and Japanese companies’ nuclear plant operations and government regulatory processes. 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

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to begin desalinating water in the used fuel storage pools at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility by the end of this week. TEPCO said it will start with the pool at the fourth unit because it contains the most used fuel. The new desalination equipment will arrive on five trucks and use special membranes and electricity. Salt was introduced into the facilities immediately after the March 11 accident, when workers used seawater to provide emergency cooling. Desalination will reduce the likelihood of salt-induced corrosion of stainless steel pipes and the pool walls.
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In the aftermath of the Fukushima accident in Japan, there has been renewed interest in nuclear energy safety. Some of the debate and observations online have led to a healthy, robust discussion—regardless of your position on nuclear energy. Other sources have exaggerated or distorted facts or have been just plain wrong. An example of the latter is a new video posted by Brian Rich at examiner.com called “Dial ‘M’ for Meltdown.” In the interest of getting things right, we examined some of the claims in the video.

Here is a sampling of the video’s claims versus the facts:

Claim: One million people died across the world from Chernobyl, including 40,000 rescue workers.

Fact: According to the World Health Organization, fewer than 50 deaths have been directly attributed to radiation from the Chernobyl accident, almost all those being highly exposed rescue workers who worked at the disaster site.
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Plant Status

  • Levels of radioactive cesium near the seawater intake area of Fukushima Daiichi reactors 2 and 3 have fallen below the safety limit, Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported over the weekend.
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Answer:

Emergency diesel generators are used in the event that a nuclear plant loses power at the site. Each U.S. nuclear plant houses its back-up emergency diesel generators in robust, steel-reinforced concrete structures that are designed to withstand the impact of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes specific to the plant site’s region. The generators are routinely checked both on line and during refueling outages to ensure that they work properly.
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Activity ID: 1002943 Activity Name: NEI Remarketing Safety Activity Group Name: Remarketing Safety First