May 2012

 

NextEra Energy's Fleet Operations Training Manager Chuck Sizemore

NextEra Energy's Fleet Operations Training Manager Chuck Sizemore (Click to enlarge.)

NextEra Energy’s fleet operations training manager, Chuck Sizemore, oversees the initial licensing and continual training of reactor and senior reactor operators at the company’s five nuclear energy facilities in Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Sizemore has 27 years of experience in the U.S. Navy and the commercial nuclear power industry and currently chairs the industry’s Licensed Operator Focus Group, which works with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to promote effective operator licensing and training programs.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

Radiation released during the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility was much lower than previously believed, according to a recently released World Health Organization report. The report gathers together more data about the radiation release than any other report to date.

The preliminary draft study said its radiation dose measurements are “robust on the basis of knowledge and information on hand at the time of the study.”
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

A panel at Nuclear Energy Assembly on implementing lessons learned from the Fukushima accident agreed that the industry’s response to regulatory changes should be approached holistically.

Charles “Chip” Pardee, Exelon Generation’s chief operating officer, said that the industry is just beginning to implement the top-priority list of recommendations of the NRC’s Fukushima task force. Pursuing those improvements without losing focus on maintaining the safety of day-to-day reactor operations is “high on our list of concerns,” he said.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Duke Energy Corp. employees at the Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina have been honored with the B. Ralph Sylvia “Best of the Best” Award for completing the first digital upgrades to commercial reactor protection systems in the United States. The conversion from the analog instrumentation common in these systems uses digital electronics technology to enhance the monitoring and control of reactor safety functions. The new digital system at Oconee 1 also has diagnostic capabilities that increase reactor efficiency and operational reliability.


The Best of the Best Top Industry Practice (TIP) award was presented today at the Nuclear Energy Institute’s annual meeting. The TIP awards recognize industry innovators in 14 categories—four reactor vendor awards and nine process awards for innovation to improve safety, efficiency and nuclear plant performance, as well as an award for vision and leadership.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NEI urged the NRC to focus on high-priority “Tier 1” recommendations from the agency’s Fukushima task force report at a meeting at NRC headquarters last week attended by NEI’s Fukushima Steering Committee and agency staff.

“The key to success has to continue to be the ability to prioritize the most significant lessons learned from Fukushima and execute [in response to] them,” said Jim Scarola, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of Progress Energy. “We have to recognize that not only is there an aggregate benefit; there is an aggregate burden. We have to make sure to focus that burden for the greatest benefit.”
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