February 2012

Industry/Regulatory/Political

The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

Severe accidents at nuclear energy facilities would unfold more slowly and potential releases of radioactive material would be much smaller than earlier studies indicated, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission concludes in a new report.

The report also says that existing safety measures—including those put in place after 9/11—would be highly effective in protecting the public. Moreover, the NRC says, even if mitigating measures fail or are not used, “the analyzed accidents would cause essentially zero immediate deaths and only a very, very small increase in the long-term cancer deaths.”
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

A new study will help operating U.S. nuclear facilities in the central and eastern United States reassess their seismic risks as part of efforts to implement lessons learned from the events at Fukushima Daiichi. A revised seismic model resulting from the study will also be used by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to license new nuclear facilities.

The seismic source model emerged from a four-year study conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute, the Energy Department and the NRC. It replaces models in use since the late 1980s and will help operators of nuclear energy facilities determine how they can better prepare for extreme events that might occur about once in 10,000 years.
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