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Ed Halpin

STP Nuclear Operating Co.'s President and CEO Ed Halpin

Guest Commentary by Ed Halpin
President and Chief Executive Officer, STP Nuclear Operating Co.
Member of the Fukushima Response Steering Committee

The sweeping recommendations from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Fukushima task force deserve careful consideration and review from key industry stakeholders.

The U.S. nuclear industry wholeheartedly supports the goal of applying lessons learned from Japan to enhance safety at our nation’s nuclear power facilities. What we must avoid is a rush to judgment. Taking the time to thoroughly review and discuss the recommendations so that the appropriate desired outcomes are achieved will be critical for the industry and our nation’s long-term energy policy. Premature changes to regulatory policy could have far-reaching effects for decades to come.

Our nation’s nuclear facilities operate safely at the highest performance standards in the world. The NRC’s recent evaluation reaffirms that our nation’s 104 nuclear reactors are safe. We believe the commission should take the time necessary to properly evaluate the recommendations from the task force to allow for broad stakeholder input and careful analysis.

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NEI has posted a new backgrounder to its website:

  • U.S. Industry Taking Steps to Learn Lessons from Japan, Enhance Safety at America’s Nuclear Energy Facilities
    The nuclear energy industry will continue to work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as it considers forthcoming recommendations of an agency task force on new procedures and regulations in light of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi.  We have undertaken significant work in the past 90 days to examine our facilities and take the steps necessary to enhance safety.  We will continue to work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to understand any potential gaps in safety and fill those gaps.
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See the main fact sheet Web page for all of NEI’s backgrounders on the Fukushima nuclear energy situation and the U.S. nuclear industry’s response.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Fukushima Daiichi task force has provided a report on the first 90 days of its nuclear power plant review to congressional oversight committees. The task force report confirms the safety of U.S. nuclear energy facilities and recommends actions to enhance U.S. nuclear plant readiness to safely manage severe events. Following is a statement from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, Tony Pietrangelo.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 9, 2011—The U.S. nuclear energy industry announced today that it has created a leadership structure among major electric sector organizations to integrate and coordinate the nuclear industry’s ongoing response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident that followed Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Supported by senior electric utility executives and reactor vendors, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the Electric Power Research Institute work through a new Fukushima Response Steering Committee to coordinate and oversee response activities. These activities will be implemented through seven “building blocks”—temporary organizations created to develop and execute action plans in specified areas of focus.

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