Earthquake

Last November, we told you about how the employees at the Onagawa nuclear energy facility in Japan played a critical role in sheltering local residents in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck the island nation.

While the Onagawa facility remains safely shut down, its employees are still at work preparing for the day when the plant may come back online. In this video report from NHK World, Onagawa’s employees are participating in a tsunami drill using new equipment acquired in the aftermath of the accident at Fukushima. In other news, a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency will be visiting Onagawa next week to begin a seismic inspection.

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

The industry estimates it will take each nuclear plant site between 30,000 and 45,000 hours to respond to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s post-Fukushima request for information on seismic risk and other issues—more than three times the NRC’s estimate.
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Mike Weightman tours the Technical Support Center at Fukushima Daiichi

Mike Weightman tours Fukushima Daiichi (Click to enlarge.)

Global Nuclear Industry Takes Steps to Improve Safety at Facilities Worldwide

As a leader in creating and promoting standards for nuclear safety, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spearheaded the global response to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility. Gathering critical insights into the incident and the response that followed, IAEA leaders visited Japan several times over the past year, including a fact-finding mission to Fukushima Daiichi and two other facilities that were affected by the natural disaster.

NEI spoke with the leader of the mission, Mike Weightman, who is also the United Kingdom‘s Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, to hear his first-hand account of what he learned on-site at Fukushima and the efforts to improve nuclear safety worldwide.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC has endorsed the industry guidance on flooding and seismic walkdowns developed in response to recommendations from the post-Fukushima task force but asked for two changes in in the guidance on flooding.
In a May 31 letter, the agency said that the guidance documents are “responsive” to a request for information issued March 12 on flooding and seismic walkdowns and other issues.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The nuclear energy industry continues to make progress on developing guidance for implementing the highest-priority recommendations from the NRC’s Fukushima task force.

The NRC meanwhile is preparing to send approved guidance back to the industry.
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