May 2012

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

NEI has submitted for NRC review a guidance document on the industry’s FLEX strategy. The 99-page document presents the industry’s strategy to enhance nuclear reactor operators’ ability to cope with severe natural events by deploying additional fixed and portable equipment such as generators and pumps at strategic locations on and off the plant site.

NEI submitted the proposed guidance May 4 in response to the NRC’s March 12 order requiring nuclear plant licensees to improve their ability to mitigate severe external events.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC is developing preliminary work plans on the longer-term recommendations of the agency’s post-Fukushima task force, starting with a series of public meetings to obtain input from stakeholders.

The discussions follow close on the heels of three orders and a request for information the agency issued in March, raising concern in the industry that resources may be spread too thin. Compounding concern is the fact that some of the lower-priority recommendations have no clear nexus to the accident. The industry is urging the NRC to defer any significant action on these recommendations until work on the higher-priority items has been largely completed.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s Tomari 3, Japan’s last operating commercial nuclear reactor, shut down for regular inspections March 5, marking the first time in 42 years that Japan has not had a reactor generating electricity. Japan has 50 operable commercial units. The national government’s ruling party, the Democratic Party of Japan, continues to work with local communities that host nuclear facilities to allow reactors to return to operation.
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Workers at the Monticello Nuclear Plant test its portable pumps which they purchased to supplement the safety systems already in place

Workers at the Monticello Nuclear Plant test its new portable pumps (Click to enlarge.)

Continuous learning is a hallmark of the nuclear energy industry. To that end, every operator of a U.S. nuclear power plant is dedicated to applying lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan to enhance safety at each of America’s 104 nuclear reactors.

“We’re adamant that we’re going to take a safe industry and make it even safer by applying those lessons learned [from Fukushima],” said Randy Edington, executive vice president and chief nuclear officer at Arizona Public Service (APS) Co., which operates Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the nation’s largest nuclear energy facility about 55 miles west of Phoenix.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The United States and Japan are forming a bilateral commission to foster “comprehensive strategic dialogue and joint activities” on nuclear safety and cleanup as a follow-up to last year’s nuclear accident in at Fukushima Daiichi.

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced plans this week for the Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation, which will coordinate research and development in nuclear safety, security, environmental management and nonproliferation. The establishment of the commission builds on an agreement the two nations reached in March.
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