August 2012

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

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has endorsed industry guidance for developing updated seismic hazard evaluations for nuclear energy facility sites. The guidance gives licensees the tools to prepare responses to the NRC’s detailed request for information, which was issued in March.

“The NRC staff has reviewed the NEI guidance document and concludes that responses … prepared using this guidance will be responsive to that request,” said David Skeen, director of the NRC’s Japan Lessons-Learned Project Directorate.
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  • An independent review of lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear plants in the aftermath of last year’s earthquake and tsunami, conducted by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations at the request of Tokyo Electric Power Co., says that reactor operators should allocate resources and training to prepare for unexpected circumstances. Priorities identified include maintaining reactor cooling and multi-unit emergency response capabilities and continually strengthening nuclear safety cultures. Tony Pietrangelo, NEI’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, said, “For the U.S. nuclear industry, our first priority is and always will be safety. INPO’s findings are aligned with steps already being taken to enhance safety across our industry.”
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PSEG Nuclear's Jamie Mallon examines a back-up generator, one of several back-up systems that keep a plant running safely during an extended loss of power.

PSEG Nuclear's Fukushima Response Manager Jamie Mallon examines a back-up generator. (Click to enlarge.)

Top safety experts at all U.S.nuclear energy facilities are implementing FLEX, a strategy developed to address the main safety challenges at Fukushima, and planning for events that are more severe than those for which their facilities were designed. PSEG Nuclear’s Jamie Mallon is one such expert. With more than 30 years of experience in radiation protection, regulatory assurance, training and nuclear development programs, Mallon is helping to lead the industry’s Fukushima response effort, while balancing his roles as PSEG’s early site permit manager and Fukushima response manager. 

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

The NRC staff has outlined its plans for tackling the long-term recommendations from the Fukushima task force and its progress on high-priority items in a paper released last week. The paper also reiterates the agency’s position that 10-mile emergency planning zones are adequate.

In the paper, NRC staff also said progress on higher-priority, or Tier 1 and 2, recommendations has been significant.
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Nuclear energy facilities have different designs and each filtration option, or combination of options highlighted in the graphic below, is a possible way to achieve the goal of preventing the release of potentially harmful materials in the event of an accident. After numerous other safety measures have been taken, one of these filtration approaches could be used to prevent the release of radioactive particles.

Filtration Strategies to Protect Public Safety and the Environment

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See NEI’s main graphics page for other graphics in relation to the U.S. nuclear industry’s post-Fukushima response.

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