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  • Safe/Secure

    Safe/Secure

    “Safety first” is not just our mantra—it’s our job, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Communities have the right to know the safety record of America’s nuclear energy plants. We are proud to share it. We are conducting a thorough assessment of the safety of each nuclear plant to ensure they are prepared for any event that could occur.

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  • Reliable

    Reliable

    One in five American homes and businesses is powered by electricity generated at the nation’s 104 nuclear energy facilities, which produce no greenhouse gases and which are the most reliable electricity generators. Nuclear energy technology is developed here at home, making it an important part of the nation’s comprehensive energy portfolio.

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  • Responsible

    Responsible

    “Here at home, nuclear power is an important part of our own energy future... Our nuclear power plants have undergone exhaustive study, and have been declared safe...But when we see a crisis like the one in Japan, we have a responsibility to learn from this event...” – President Barack Obama

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  • Vigilant

    Vigilant

    America’s nuclear energy facilities are built to a high safety standard, yet energy companies are actively reviewing their plants and procedures to ensure even more accountability. The U.S. nuclear industry embraces a simple principle: plan for the unexpected by integrating multi-layered safety features and operating procedures every step of the way.

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  • Japan: Latest Information
  • Safety and Security

The U.S. nuclear energy industry has created a joint leadership model to coordinate the industry's response to the events at the Fukushima Daiichi. The model will ensure that lessons learned are identified and well understood, and that response actions are effectively implemented industrywide.

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Following the Fukushima Daiichi accident, the U.S. nuclear energy industry began examining ways to ensure safety is maintained in the face of extreme natural events. The industry has begun implementing a number of measures to maintain and upgrade the already-high level of safety at nuclear energy facilities.

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Latest Information

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

NEI urged the NRC to focus on high-priority “Tier 1” recommendations from the agency’s Fukushima task force report at a meeting at NRC headquarters last week attended by NEI’s Fukushima Steering Committee and agency staff.

“The key to success has to continue to be the ability to prioritize the most significant lessons learned from Fukushima and execute [in response to] them,” said Jim Scarola, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of Progress Energy. “We have to recognize that not only is there an aggregate benefit; there is an aggregate burden. We have to make sure to focus that burden for the greatest benefit.”
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The nuclear energy industry’s priority is to make post-Fukushima enhancements “that will provide the greatest safety benefits in the shortest amount of time with the least distraction to our commitment to safe operations,” NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel said today.

Opening NEI’s 2012 Nuclear Energy Assembly today in Charlotte, N.C., he cautioned against “a rush to act” on lower-priority responses to the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The governors of Kyoto and Shiga prefectures oppose the restart of Ohi’s reactors, which the Ohi town assembly had approved last week. The governors say that the government should first finish investigating the causes of the Fukushima Daiichi accident and complete a long-term energy plan. The Japanese government said it would set up a joint council composed of representatives from Fukui, Shiga and Kyoto prefectures to monitor the Ohi plant. Ohi is in Fukui prefecture.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC has endorsed the industry guidance on emergency response staffing and communications developed in response to recommendations from the Fukushima task force.

In a May 15 letter, the NRC said that the guidance is an “acceptable method” for the industry to respond to the agency’s request for information issued in March.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The industry has urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to separate the issue of reliable hardened vents—required for some reactors under a post-Fukushima order issued in March—from the question of whether such vents should be filtered.

Since vent filters are only one of several options for reducing or preventing a release of radioactive materials during an accident, the NRC should consider all the alternatives in a more holistic context, the industry said in a letter to the agency.
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