Industry Actions

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.

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

Last week’s meeting of industry and NRC post-Fukushima steering groups indicates that work is proceeding smoothly on the top priority, or Tier 1, recommendations from the agency task force that studied the accident. However, industry executives identified issues related to the flooding and seismic hazard re-evaluations that could affect schedules depending on how they are resolved.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

Inspections related to flood protection have begun at nuclear energy facilities based on industry guidance endorsed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in late May. These inspections, or “walkdowns,” address part of the NRC’s March request for detailed information on several post-Fukushima issues the agency identified as the top priorities—Tier 1—among the 12 recommendations of the NRC’s task force. Seismic walkdowns got under way earlier this month. The industry is awaiting NRC comments on guidance for responding to three orders that address the other Tier 1 issues.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NEI and NRC representatives told a National Academy of Sciences panel that the industry is making steady progress in implementing lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The NAS is conducting a technical study of the accident, sponsored by the NRC.

NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel said that the industry’s primary lesson learned is to ensure the continued availability of electricity and cooling water at nuclear energy facility sites in the aftermath of a severe event.
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