October 2011

Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • The U.S. nuclear energy industry is generally aligned with the short-term priorities for post-Fukushima safety enhancements recommended by a staff panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Charles Pardee, Exelon Generation’s chief operating officer, told the NRC commissioners yesterday. Pardee’s remarks came at a public meeting at NRC headquarters to brief commissioners on the staff’s prioritization of post-Fukushima regulatory activities. Pardee, who chairs the industry’s Fukushima Response Steering Committee, also said that regulatory analyses should be realistic and based on safety benefit. He urged the agency not to divert resources to activities that have minimal safety significance. Read More »

Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Gregory Jaczko this week said the agency’s near-term priorities to supplement safety and emergency response at America’s nuclear energy facilities include revising existing rules to cover emergency preparedness at multi-reactor facilities and used nuclear fuel pool monitoring. A video of Jaczko’s remarks is available on the National Journal’s website. The nuclear energy industry agrees with the majority of the issues identified for near-term action.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

Tony Pietrangelo

NEI's Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Tony Pietrangelo

Guest Commentary by Anthony Pietrangelo
Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute

Source: Real Clear Energy

When a 100-year earthquake and powerful hurricane delivered a one-two punch on the East Coast, some in the media focused on nuclear energy facilities in harm’s way. The coverage raised the inevitable question: Would the facilities be able to withstand Mother Nature’s wrath?

At least a dozen nuclear energy facilities, from North Carolina to Michigan, registered vibration from the August 23 earthquake. The temblor hit hardest at the North Anna Power Station in central Virginia, located about 10 miles from the quake’s epicenter. Four days later, many of those same plants and a few others – 15 plants, total – were in the path of Hurricane Irene.

So what happened? As planned, not much.

Layer upon layer of safety systems and exacting preparedness procedures worked in every case.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • Goshi Hosono, Japan’s cabinet minister for nuclear crisis management, told the governor of Fukushima prefecture that the government would provide financial and technical assistance to clean up radioactive contamination in towns where radiation levels are between 100 and 500 millirem per year. Prior to Hosono’s statement, it was not clear whether towns with those levels of contamination would have to pay for their own decontamination.
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