Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Fukushima Daiichi task force has provided a report on the first 90 days of its nuclear power plant review to congressional oversight committees. The task force report confirms the safety of U.S. nuclear energy facilities and recommends actions to enhance U.S. nuclear plant readiness to safely manage severe events. Following is a statement from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, Tony Pietrangelo.

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NEI has posted three new backgrounders to its website:

  • Strict Regulatory Oversight
    The nuclear industry’s ingrained culture of safety is reinforced by stringent and independent government regulation. Virtually every aspect of a nuclear energy facility is subject to government regulation and scrutiny — its design, where it is built, how it is built, how it is operated,  how it handles used nuclear fuel, how it plans for emergencies and how it will be shut down at the end of its useful life. Read More >>
  • Security of Used Nuclear Fuel
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission strictly regulates how nuclear energy facilities manage uranium fuel once it is removed from the reactor. Read More >>
  • Protecting Against Floods
    Nuclear energy facilities use independent scientists to estimate the most powerful natural disasters possible within 200 miles of the plant – and then design and build it to endure forces even more powerful. This approach doesn’t just meet federal government standards, it exceeds them. Read More >>

See the main fact sheet Web page for all of NEI’s backgrounders on the Fukushima nuclear energy situation and the U.S. nuclear industry’s response.

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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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Plant Status

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. is continuing efforts to reduce the accumulation of radioactive water from cooling operations at Fukushima Daiichi reactors 1, 2 and 3. With reactor temperatures stabilizing, the company is reducing the water injection flow rate into the reactors. The total inflow rate is now about 386 tons per day. Heavy rains are challenging TEPCO’s effort to contain water accumulating onsite.
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NEI has updated its fact sheet, “Emergency Preparedness at Nuclear Energy Facilities.”

Key Facts

  • America’s nuclear energy facilities are designed and built to safely withstand a wide variety of natural and other severe events and staffed by highly trained, federally licensed operators with a five-decade history of safe operations in the United States. The operators who staff these facilities are capable of taking the actions necessary to mitigate and control adverse events. An emergency plan provides multiple layers of protection by specifying additional measures that may be taken in the event of a severe accident.

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