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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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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