Safety and Security

Entergy Nuclear personnel working in the corporate emergency center supporting the Waterford 3, River Bend and Grand Gulf nuclear energy facilities around-the-clock throughout Hurricane Isaac.

Entergy Nuclear personnel working in the corporate emergency center (Click to enlarge.)

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

Hurricane Isaac had no impact on the three Gulf Coast nuclear energy facilities, but operator Entergy made extensive preparations, including shutting down Waterford 3 before the storm made landfall Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service downgraded Isaac to a tropical storm Wednesday night, and Entergy said it is preparing to return Waterford 3 to the grid.
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Nuclear energy facilities are built to withstand hurricanes and have a proven history of success.

With reactor containment structures of steel-reinforced concrete, nuclear energy facilities are some of the most robust in the U.S. infrastructure. Besides being built strong, nuclear plant operators train one out of every six weeks on how to safely manage extreme events, such as hurricanes, and regularly coordinate with local, state and federal officials to prepare for emergencies.

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

The NRC’s regulatory framework and processes for considering off-site property damage from unintended releases of radioactive material are “sound” and provide enough flexibility to account for economic consequences in the area surrounding nuclear energy facilities, the agency’s staff says.
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Below is a summary of actions by the U.S. nuclear energy industry in response to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. These actions include proactive initiatives taken by the industry and a tailored, comprehensive industry response to new regulatory requirements.

Analyzing and Capturing Lessons Learned from Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini

  • The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations coordinated one of the most exhaustive timelines (INPO 11-005) of events at Fukushima Daiichi so that the U.S. and global industry can learn lessons from this event.

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

The International Atomic Energy Agency says its member nations have reported “significant progress” in nuclear safety in the past year, including 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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