May 2012

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

The tsunami that brought about the nuclear accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility was not adequately accounted for in the facility’s design basis, said a co-author of a report for the American Nuclear Society.

Michael Corradini, co-chair of the ANS’ special committee on Fukushima, told the National Academy of Sciences this week that the March 11, 2011, tsunami that disabled the nuclear power plant was not entirely unforeseen, because larger tsunamis have occurred in that region of Japan in recorded history.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The nuclear energy industry continues to make progress on developing guidance for implementing the highest-priority recommendations from the NRC’s Fukushima task force.

The NRC meanwhile is preparing to send approved guidance back to the industry.
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Last week at the 2012 Nuclear Energy Assembly (NEA 2012), Tony Pietrangelo, the Chief Nuclear Officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, moderated a panel discussion on the industry’s response to the events at Fukushima. We’ve posted the video from the session on YouTube and embedded a copy below.



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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The Japanese government and four regional power companies will announce electricity rationing contingency plans by mid-June. With all of Japan’s nuclear reactors offline, the government is predicting power shortages in the western and northern areas of the country. Blackouts are expected to be limited to a few hours per day in each area, and essential services such as railways, hospitals and fire departments will be exempt. Japan posted a record $6.5 billion trade deficit in April. It was the second straight month that the country’s imports exceeded its exports, mostly due to the need for liquefied natural gas and crude oil for thermal power plants.

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Over the weekend, multiple media outlets reported that trace levels of radioactive Cesium had been found in Blue Fin Tuna caught off the coast of California. The radioactive particles had been picked up from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (click here for the report), according to a report from the National Academy of Sciences.

Before anyone thinks twice about eating tuna, there are a couple of facts that you should keep in mind:

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