August 2012

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

The NRC’s plan to require licensees to evaluate the potential loss of a nuclear energy facility’s ultimate heat sink, or long-term cooling source, as part of flooding hazard re-evaluations will extend the time needed to complete the work, the industry said last week—a situation the industry believes is unnecessary and inadvisable.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC has published a report describing actions taken and planned by the agency and the nuclear energy industry to enhance safety following the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

The U.S. national report was prepared in conjunction with the Energy and State departments and will be presented for international peer review at an extraordinary session of the Convention on Nuclear Safety at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna later this month.
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Plant Update

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. has removed the primary containment vessel dome from Fukushima Daiichi reactor 4. TEPCO published photos and video clips showing the dome being lowered to the ground. The dome will be cut up and stored on site. The company also is preparing to remove the reactor pressure vessel head in October. Steve Kraft, NEI’s senior director for Fukushima response, said these actions are key steps to prepare for the installation of a structure over the building that will allow fuel to be removed from the reactor’s used fuel storage pool. Last week TEPCO also attempted to use a camera-equipped balloon probe to investigate the condition of reactor 1’s refueling floor. The initial attempt was unsuccessful, and the company said it will try again.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NRC Commissioner George Apostolakis had questions about the nuclear energy industry’s FLEX strategy at a briefing on the progress made to implement the highest-priority recommendations of the agency’s post-Fukushima task force.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

A new study from the National Academy of Sciences says that nuclear emergency preparedness drills helped an Iowa city cope with record-setting floods. The emergency drills may have saved lives, the report said.
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