May 2012

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

The nuclear energy industry’s priority is to make post-Fukushima enhancements “that will provide the greatest safety benefits in the shortest amount of time with the least distraction to our commitment to safe operations,” NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel said today.

Opening NEI’s 2012 Nuclear Energy Assembly today in Charlotte, N.C., he cautioned against “a rush to act” on lower-priority responses to the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The governors of Kyoto and Shiga prefectures oppose the restart of Ohi’s reactors, which the Ohi town assembly had approved last week. The governors say that the government should first finish investigating the causes of the Fukushima Daiichi accident and complete a long-term energy plan. The Japanese government said it would set up a joint council composed of representatives from Fukui, Shiga and Kyoto prefectures to monitor the Ohi plant. Ohi is in Fukui prefecture.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC has endorsed the industry guidance on emergency response staffing and communications developed in response to recommendations from the Fukushima task force.

In a May 15 letter, the NRC said that the guidance is an “acceptable method” for the industry to respond to the agency’s request for information issued in March.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The industry has urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to separate the issue of reliable hardened vents—required for some reactors under a post-Fukushima order issued in March—from the question of whether such vents should be filtered.

Since vent filters are only one of several options for reducing or preventing a release of radioactive materials during an accident, the NRC should consider all the alternatives in a more holistic context, the industry said in a letter to the agency.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • Assembly members of the town of Ohi today approved the restart of two nuclear reactors in Fukui prefecture. The assembly last week agreed that restarting the Ohi facilities is necessary to help maintain jobs and the town’s finances. The town was briefed last month by central government and Kansai Electric Power Co. officials on the safety of the facilities’ reopening. Ohi’s mayor has said he will make a decision after considering the assembly’s approval and the opinion of a panel consisting of experts from Fukui prefecture. Once the Ohi reactors are given the go-ahead they will be the first to restart since the Fukushima accident. The last of Japan’s 50 operable reactors shut down for maintenance earlier this month, and government officials have been warning of power shortages this summer without some nuclear reactors in operation.
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