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The Way Forward: Creating a Structure to Coordinate Action
The U.S. nuclear energy industry is dedicated to applying lessons learned from the events at Fukushima Daiichi to enhance safety and emergency preparedness at America’s 104 nuclear reactors. To ensure a coordinated, effective and thorough response across the entire industry, NEI and its members created the Fukushima Response Steering Committee, a leadership structure supported by senior electric utility executives, reactor vendors and owners groups, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and the Electric Power Research Institute. The committee developed a pathway to action built around seven goals:
- Maintain focus on excellence in existing plant performance
- Develop and issue lessons learned from Fukushima Daiichi events
- Improve the effectiveness of U.S. industry response capability to global nuclear events
- Develop and implement a strategic communications plan
- Develop and implement the industry’s regulatory response
- Participate and coordinate with international organizations
- Provide technical support and research and development coordination.
The framework for this structure is delineated in a report entitled, “The Way Forward: U.S. Industry Leadership in Response to the Accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.”
“The leadership of the U.S. commercial nuclear industry is dedicated to gaining a deep understanding of the events at Fukushima Daiichi and to taking the necessary actions to improve safety and emergency preparedness at America’s nuclear energy facilities.”
— Charles Pardee
Chief Operating Officer, Exelon Generation Co.
Chairman, Fukushima Response Steering Committee