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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

Plant Status

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. is continuing preparations to stabilize Fukushima Daiichi’s reactor 3 primary containment vessel. The company is using a robot-mounted camera to check whether a penetration joint is suitable for nitrogen injection that will help stabilize conditions inside the reactor vessel. TEPCO is also checking radiation levels, which have decreased by up to half after installing steel plates on the floor of the working area inside the reactor building. However, radiation levels in the building are still high—up to 5 rem per hour. Read More »

Plant Status

  • Work is continuing to reduce radiation levels at Fukushima Daiichi’s reactor 3 building. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has used robots to vacuum radioactive debris and place steel sheets on the floor to decrease the potential for radiation exposure. Pending a reduction in radiation levels,  workers are scheduled to enter the building housing the reactor on July 17 to begin installing new piping to inject nitrogen gas into the reactor containment vessel. The inert gas will reduce the possibility of a hydrogen explosion in the containment building. The company already is injecting nitrogen into the containments for reactors 1 and 2. Read More »

Answer:

NEI’s fact sheet, “U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Reconfirming Safety, Response Programs in Light of Japan Situation,” describes the vital modifications and upgrades that have been made to U.S. boiling water reactors with Mark I containment systems. It also gives a detailed analysis of the steps the U.S. nuclear energy industry is taking to ensure safety, including federal regulation, plant modification and upgrades, enhanced emergency readiness and response, and severe accident management.

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Learn more about nuclear energy and related topics in NEI’s “Ask an Expert” section.

The Nuclear Energy Institute last week criticized The Associated Press for selective and misleading reporting in a series of articles on U.S. nuclear power plant safety. The coverage has factual errors, fails to cite relevant reports on safety that contradict the reporting, and raises questions about historic operating issues while ignoring more recent evidence of improved performance in areas that it examines.

NEI has compiled key facts on nuclear plant safety that rebut the claims in the recent articles by The Associated Press:

  • Part 1: “U.S. Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules,” June 20, 2011
  • Part 2: “U.S. Nuke Sites Have Had Tritium Leaks, Often Into Groundwater,” June 21, 2011
  • Part 3: “Populations Around U.S. Nuke Plants Soar,” June 23, 2011
  • Part 4: “NRC and Industry Rewrite Nuke History,” June 24, 2011

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Plant Status

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) resumed decontaminating water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after fixing a software flaw that caused an automatic shutdown of the decontamination system. After a short investigation identified the flaw, the problem was corrected and decontamination resumed. The decontaminated water is being reused to cool reactors at the facility.
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