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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

Many opinion leaders have voiced their support for nuclear energy over the past year. Below is a sampling of their statements.

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Elected Officials
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

“Enacting a CES [Clean Energy Standard] will create the jobs this country needs and reduce pollution by advancing down a path of renewables, natural gas generation, nuclear technology and carbon capture. It reflects the principles of the do it all, do it right, energy policy I’ve been advocating for.”
http://bingaman.senate.gov/news/20120301-02.cfm
March 1, 2012
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This infographic illustrates the multiple layers of safety that will be used as part of the nuclear energy industry’s flexible and diverse strategy (FLEX). The FLEX strategy incorporates lessons learned from the main safety challenges at Fukushima.

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See NEI’s main graphics page for other graphics in relation to the U.S. nuclear industry’s post-Fukushima response.

Charles Pardee

Exelon Generation Co.'s Chief Operating Officer Charles Pardee

Guest Commentary by Charles Pardee
Chief Operating Officer of
Exelon Generation Co.
Chairman of the Fukushima Response Steering Committee

Nearly a year after a massive earthquake and tsunami disabled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, the U.S. nuclear energy industry remains dedicated to applying lessons learned from these events to enhance safety at the nation’s 104 reactors. Over the past year, both the industry and the independent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), have systematically reviewed the events for applicable lessons and independently assessed areas to target for safety improvements at nuclear energy facilities. These reviews complemented ongoing safety inspections at nuclear energy facilities.

As part of these reviews, the U.S. nuclear industry:

  • verified that all systems to mitigate potential damage are functioning
  • completed inspections of systems that protect plants against extreme natural events
  • is enhancing protection of used fuel storage pools
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The Nuclear Energy Institute transmitted a letter last week to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reiterating its strategy for implementing upcoming regulatory changes in response to lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. By last Friday all five NRC commissioners had made public their unanimous votes to order nuclear energy utilities to establish a mitigation strategy for beyond-design-basis external events as well as to enhance Mark I and Mark II boiling water reactor venting systems and used fuel pool instrumentation. The orders are expected to be issued by the end of the week.
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Maria Korsnick, chief nuclear officer and chief operating officer for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, talks about her personal commitment to keeping nuclear plants safe and how she fosters that same commitment through her employees by creating a questioning culture. Korsnick is also a member of the industry’s Fukushima Response Steering Committee.

Visit NEI’s YouTube channel to watch other videos with Maria Korsnick discussing the industry’s post-Fukushima strategy to increase safety at U.S. nuclear energy facilities. See also Kornick’s guest commentary, “Passion for Safety.”

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