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Southern Nuclear's Technical Support Services Supervisor Ken Lowery

Southern Nuclear's Technical Support Services Supervisor Ken Lowery

Ken Lowery is passionate about two things: vintage cars and Southern Nuclear’s corrective action program. Whether he’s fixing up an old car or reviewing a condition report, Ken approaches his work with the same goal: to find, analyze and fix potential problems.
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  • Government health checks of some 1,700 residents who were evacuated from three municipalities after the Fukushima Daiichi accident show that two-thirds received an external radiation dose within the government limit of 100 millirem per year, according to an NHK World report. It added that 98 percent of those tested showed an estimated dose of less than 500 millirem. Authorities said about 10 members of the public were exposed to more than 1,000 millirem. (For comparison, the average annual dose to members of the U.S. public from natural and manmade radiation sources is about 400 millirem.) Read More »

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  • Japan’s Diet passed legislation to provide $156 billion in disaster reconstruction aid, the third time since the March earthquake that legislators have approved supplemental funding. Of the total, $3 billion is earmarked to fund radiation decontamination efforts, with the majority of the money to be used to rebuild areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami and to help companies build new manufacturing plants.
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  • The Japanese cabinet has approved “basic policies” to clean up radioactive contamination resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Based on recommendations made in 2007 by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, areas contaminated to dose levels within two rem per year above background will be cleaned up to reduce adult doses by 50 percent within two years and 60 percent for children, and to a long-term level of 0.1 rem/year above background radiation levels. Two rem is about the same amount of radiation exposure a patient would receive from a full body CT scan. Areas where the annual dose levels are above two rem/year will be given priority in scheduling decontamination activities.
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  • The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) last Friday publicly released a detailed timeline of events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The report, prepared as part of the industry’s integrated response to the Japan events, was delivered to U.S. industry executives, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, members of Congress, stakeholders and the news media. Tony Pietrangelo, NEI’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, said, “We are sharing this report with the widest possible audience because it is important that we all work from the same set of facts in determining the appropriate response.” Read More »
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