Though the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Fukushima task force confirmed that America’s nuclear energy facilities are safe, the industry is committed to ensuring that it incorporates all relevant lessons from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility to make nuclear energy facilities even safer.
As the nuclear industry, federal regulators and international experts work to learn and apply lessons from the events at Fukushima, the U.S. nuclear industry already is adding new layers of safety and preparedness. This is a starting point for what will be a carefully considered effort to further strengthen safety at U.S. nuclear plants.
We’ll explore these areas in a five-part series, “Responding to Fukushima.” The series will examine the NRC recommendations and outline steps being taken to enhance our capabilities at nuclear energy facilities in the following areas:
- seismic and flooding protection
- safety during a prolonged loss of AC power
- used fuel storage
- accessibility of specialized vent valves to release gas buildup
- training on guidelines to manage severe accidents and mitigate extensive damage.
While the nuclear industry is in general agreement with the NRC’s near-term recommendations for U.S. plants, we are also taking independent steps to affirm that our reactors will remain safe even after extreme events. We have identified additional areas for improvement in safety and emergency preparedness.
We invite you to check this website often to learn more about how America’s nuclear energy facilities are responding to the lessons learned at Fukushima.