September 2012

Before the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. nuclear energy industry was regarded as one of the most secure industries in the United States because of its state-of-the-art training for its security forces and best-in-class security and safeguards equipment to protect nuclear plant sites. Over the past 10 years and up through today, the industry has been continually testing and modifying its personnel, equipment and procedures to make nuclear energy facilities even safer and more secure.

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

The NRC has released Interim Staff Guidance on three post-Fukushima orders the agency issued in March on safety enhancements at the nation’s nuclear energy facilities.

“The NRC guidance issued last week meets the intent of the three orders issued earlier this year,” said Joe Pollock, NEI’s executive director of Fukushima response coordination and strategy. “We look forward to working with the NRC to effectively implement the guidance in the months and years ahead.”
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The United States and other participants in an international conference last week proposed a series of measures to enhance nuclear safety, including 15 “action-oriented objectives.” Attendees at the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) in Vienna also proposed amending the international agreement to reflect lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident.
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Plant Update

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it found no significant damage or deformation to two unused fuel assemblies it had removed last week from the used fuel storage pool of Fukushima Daiichi reactor 4. The utility said it also will examine fuel pellets from inside the assembly rods. The relatively large amount of fuel in the reactor 4 storage pool (1,331 used nuclear fuel and 202 unused nuclear fuel assemblies) has made their removal one of TEPCO’s top priorities for decommissioning the site. The company plans to begin removing the fuel assemblies starting December 2013.
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