Safety and Security

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

NRC staff has issued for public comment draft interim staff guidance for U.S. nuclear energy facility operators reassessing the ability of their plants to withstand earthquakes.

The guidance describes the NRC’s “acceptable method” for licensees to conduct enhanced “seismic margin assessments,” or SMAs, that would meet the requirements of a March 12 request for information the agency issued as part of its response to the Fukushima accident.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC commissioners told congressional leaders this week they are confident, despite acknowledging the schedule as “very aggressive,” that the highest-priority post-Fukushima safety enhancements will be completed by the agency’s 2016 deadline.

The commissioners’ comments also revealed a renewed atmosphere of collegiality established in the two months since Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane assumed her post.
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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.

Visit NEI’s main website for an interactive timeline, video and links to other materials. >>

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

Member nations of the International Atomic Energy Agency have made “significant progress” in nuclear safety since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, the organization’s director general said this week.

Yukiya Amano cited advances in assessments of safety vulnerabilities at nuclear energy facilities, emergency preparedness and response, and enhanced communications among member nations, international organizations and the public.
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