January 2012

Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The Nuclear Energy Institute is urging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to take into account the considerable resources required to comply with proposed information requests and orders to implement recommendations of the agency’s post‐Fukushima task force. In a comment letter to the agency, NEI has asked for a phased approach. “The NRC should ensure that the information requested is properly scoped and justified by safety significance to ensure responses to requests for information are timely and do not impose an unnecessary burden or distraction,” said Adrian Heymer, executive director of NEI’s Fukushima regulatory response team. “Requests should also be staggered to facilitate adequate review by knowledgeable or experienced personnel and allow for a phased response based on plant safety significance.”
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • International Atomic Energy Agency experts are in Japan this week to verify the Japanese government’s recent approval of the safety of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Ohi 3 and 4, based on the results of European Union-style “stress tests.” James Lyons, director of IAEA’s nuclear installation safety division, said the final decision on restarting reactors shut down for safety inspections will rest with Japanese authorities. Passing the stress tests is a prerequisite for shutdown reactors to resume operation.
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Southern Nuclear's Technical Support Services Supervisor Ken Lowery

Southern Nuclear's Technical Support Services Supervisor Ken Lowery

Ken Lowery is passionate about two things: vintage cars and Southern Nuclear’s corrective action program. Whether he’s fixing up an old car or reviewing a condition report, Ken approaches his work with the same goal: to find, analyze and fix potential problems.
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The PBS news series “Frontline” will air a report tonight titled, “Nuclear Aftershocks.” The program will examine “the implications of the Fukushima event for U.S. nuclear safety and asks if any of our 104 reactors could suffer a Fukushima-type accident.” The program will focus primarily on how the nation’s nuclear plants prepare for emergencies, including seismic events. For the exact date and time that the program will air in your area, please consult PBS’s local listings.

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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff told NEI Chief Nuclear Officer Tony Pietrangelo that the agency has reached “a turning point” in understanding how the industry’s holistic, “all-hazards” approach would enhance safety in the light of lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Industry and NRC steering committees met last Friday to discuss the industry’s proposed flexible and diverse (“FLEX”) strategy, which aims to provide a range of portable equipment for nuclear plants to maintain cooling capability and power during severe natural events.  Articles in The New York Times and on the Dow Jones newswire previewed the discussions and describe the industry strategy. Read More »
Activity ID: 1002943 Activity Name: NEI Remarketing Safety Activity Group Name: Remarketing Safety First