November 2011

Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • Fukushima Prefecture is stepping up its testing of rice crops, now that more radioactive cesium has been found in harvested samples. Government officials measured twice the allowable radiation limit in rice from farms in Date City, about 30 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility. The prefectural government is expanding radiation testing to more than 2,300 nearby farms.
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Indian Point Employee Inspects the Site's Battery Power Prior to Hurricane Irene

Indian Point Employee Inspects the Site's Battery Power Prior to Hurricane Irene

Thanks to intense storm preparations and layer upon layer of safety systems, 24 nuclear reactors at 15 facilities from North Carolina to New England were fully prepared when Hurricane Irene struck the Eastern Seaboard late this summer.

Operators of the 24 East Coast nuclear energy facilities began preparations several days in advance of the storm, in compliance with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) guidelines and the plants’ comprehensive emergency preparedness plans.

“We knew we needed to pre-staff our emergency facilities with a key team of responders,” said Mickey Chanda, emergency preparedness manager at Exelon’s Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, located near the New Jersey shoreline. “Together with senior site and corporate leadership, we developed a plan to bring in this team long before travel conditions became hazardous. We met with those employees two days in advance of the storm, explained to them that their only role was to be at their emergency facility and ready to spring to action if needed.”
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The town of Hirono in Fukushima prefecture plans to test a system that would reduce the volume of radioactive debris requiring disposal by up to a factor of 300. The equipment would heat-treat the materials in an oxygen-free environment and use a ceramic powder to absorb radioactive materials.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • Japan’s Diet passed legislation to provide $156 billion in disaster reconstruction aid, the third time since the March earthquake that legislators have approved supplemental funding. Of the total, $3 billion is earmarked to fund radiation decontamination efforts, with the majority of the money to be used to rebuild areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami and to help companies build new manufacturing plants.
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Fort Calhoun During Spring 2011 Floods

Fort Calhoun During Spring Floods

For much of the summer, the Fort Calhoun nuclear energy facility in Nebraska was an island in the middle of a vastly swollen Missouri River. An unexpectedly large spring runoff from the mountains to its north and higher-than-average rainfall during the spring caused extreme flooding in portions of Nebraska and Missouri.

Fort Calhoun remained dry. The highest water in the unprecedented flood was below the level that the Fort Calhoun reactor is designed to withstand.
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Activity ID: 1002943 Activity Name: NEI Remarketing Safety Activity Group Name: Remarketing Safety First