October 2012

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

The NRC has issued for public comment draft interim staff guidance for U.S. nuclear energy facility operators to perform certain flooding hazard assessments in response to a request for information the agency issued in March as part of its response to the Fukushima accident.

The March request calls for licensees to use the latest available information and analysis methods to analyze site-specific hazards, including stream and river flooding, hurricane storm surges, tsunamis, and dam failures.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

Of the 34 nuclear energy facilities in the path of Hurricane Sandy, all responded well and safely to the powerful storm, demonstrating their resilience against severe natural forces.

Careful planning and comprehensive preparations days in advance of the storm paid off at all the facilities, ensuring they were prepared to take the steps necessary to maintain safety against Sandy’s high winds, record flooding and disturbances on the regional electric grid. Highly trained reactor operators and emergency response personnel stationed at the plants throughout the storm took actions beyond their usual duties to protect the power plants and communities that surround them. Additional inspectors from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission were stationed at each nuclear energy facility to oversee preparation for and recovery from the storm.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The operators of U.S. nuclear energy facilities last week approved a contract to develop two regional response centers that will store emergency equipment for rapid delivery in case of an extreme event at any nuclear plant. “The regional response centers will further increase the industry’s preparedness for severe challenges, regardless of their causes,” said Tony Pietrangelo, NEI’s chief nuclear officer. “This is another example of the industry’s commitment to learn the lessons from the Fukushima accident in Japan and apply those lessons to enhance safety across the U.S. nuclear energy industry.” The centers will be located near Memphis and Phoenix and will be managed by Pooled Equipment Inventory Co.
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Employees gather at the Beaver Valley emergency operations facility during a recent training drill.  (Click to enlarge.)

Employees gather at the Beaver Valley emergency operations facility during a recent training drill.

Every nuclear energy facility in the country has a detailed plan for responding to an emergency, and emergency operations facilities (EOFs) are an integral part of these plans. Demonstrating their commitment to emergency preparedness, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. (FENOC) built new EOFs for each of their three plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, which are used to facilitate public health and safety activities during an emergency.

“A lot of thought and effort went into the design of these facilities to make sure they would meet the needs of both our employees as well as the local, state and federal agencies we would work with during an emergency,” Glenn McKee, FENOC’s fleet emergency preparedness manager said.
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Elected Officials

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) and Presidential Candidate
“We’re going to take full advantage of our oil, our coal, our natural gas, our nuclear, our renewables…  I know you’re particularly aware of nuclear as well and recognize America must have a reliable source of domestically produced uranium, enriched uranium. We need to make sure that Piketon has the most modern technology so that we can provide that source of security for our great country.”

“Romney highlights energy in southern Ohio”
October 13, 2012

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