February 2012

Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The U.S. nuclear industry last week unanimously approved an initiative to procure supplemental on-site portable equipment that will be available to help ensure that every commercial nuclear energy facility can respond safely to extreme events. The initiative commits every company operating a nuclear energy facility to order or enter into contracts for a plant-specific list of emergency equipment by March 31. The equipment includes items such diesel-driven pumps, electric generators, ventilation fans and communications gear as well as support materials for emergency responders. NEI’s chief nuclear officer, Anthony Pietrangelo, said the initiative reflects the industry’s commitment to implement its flexible and diverse strategy to begin incorporating lessons learned from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi accident as quickly as possible.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Nuclear Energy Institute today announced the industry’s unanimous approval of an initiative to procure additional on-site portable equipment that will be available to help ensure that every commercial nuclear energy facility can respond safely to extreme events, no matter what the cause.

Companies that operate America’s nuclear energy facilities already have acquired or ordered more than 300 pieces of major equipment to supplement layer upon layer of safety at the nation’s commercial reactors. The initiative commits every company operating a nuclear energy facility to order or enter into contract for a plant-specific list of emergency equipment by March 31.

The equipment ranges from diesel-driven pumps and electric generators to ventilation fans, hoses, fittings, cables and communications gear. It also includes support materials for emergency responders, including food, water and other supplies.

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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The New Jersey governor’s nuclear review task force, formed shortly after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, has published a report that concludes: “Based upon the information provided by the NRC and the licensees, the task force members have a high level of confidence that New Jersey’s nuclear power plants are operating safely and have effective mitigation plans to address the lessons learned from the Fukushima incidents.”
  • Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has approved the results of “stress test” simulations on Ohi reactors 3 and 4 in Fukui Prefecture. The NISA report to the Nuclear Safety Commission says the tests demonstrate the reactors can withstand earthquakes and tsunamis as strong as those that hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The final decision to restart the reactors rests with central and local governments. Last week, a team of International Atomic Energy Agency experts concluded that the tests met international standards.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

In ongoing discussions with the NRC on the industry’s response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, NEI staff has stressed the need to consider a phased approach to regaining access to a nuclear facility site during an emergency caused by severe natural events.

In a draft letter requesting information on industry’s post-Fukushima emergency preparedness, NRC staff has asked the industry to provide information on its ability to implement an emergency plan in response to a hypothetical large-scale natural event that would result in:

  • all reactors at the facility site being affected
  • an extended loss of off-site power
  • impeded access to the reactor site.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel laid out the nuclear energy industry’s agenda for 2012 today in a briefing in New York City for Wall Street financial analysts.

“Safe operation of our plants is—and will always be—our top priority,” Fertel said. “It’s our responsibility to our employees, neighbors and all other stakeholders. It’s also good business.”
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