Emergency Preparedness

Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The post-Fukushima response steering committees of the nuclear energy industry and Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviewed accomplishments and work in progress during a joint meeting last week. Nuclear energy industry representatives highlighted completion of inspections for potential flooding and seismic activity, validation of procedures and equipment readiness for loss of off-site electrical power, purchase of additional portable safety equipment, and selection of a vendor for a regional response center. Work in progress includes establishing guidance and conducting further inspections for flooding and seismic assessments and integrating emergency operating procedures and severe accident management guidelines.
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Emergency Preparedness and Security Director Monica Ray communicates with her team during a drill exercise.

Emergency Preparedness & Security Director Monica Ray communicates with her team during a drill exercise. (Click to enlarge.)

In Monica Ray’s experience, preparing for the unlikely event of an emergency at Arizona Public Service’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station requires coordination and communication. From comparing lessons learned with emergency response teams at other nuclear energy facilities to updating the Arizona Division of Emergency Management on new protective actions, Palo Verde’s director of emergency preparedness and security is constantly facilitating communication between groups inside and outside of the industry to ensure that the facility and the community are prepared for any potential emergency.

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

The United States and other participants in an international conference last week proposed a series of measures to enhance nuclear safety, including 15 “action-oriented objectives.” Attendees at the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) in Vienna also proposed amending the international agreement to reflect lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

Member nations of the International Atomic Energy Agency have made “significant progress” in nuclear safety since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, the organization’s director general said this week.

Yukiya Amano cited advances in assessments of safety vulnerabilities at nuclear energy facilities, emergency preparedness and response, and enhanced communications among member nations, international organizations and the public.
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Entergy Nuclear personnel working in the corporate emergency center supporting the Waterford 3, River Bend and Grand Gulf nuclear energy facilities around-the-clock throughout Hurricane Isaac.

Entergy Nuclear personnel working in the corporate emergency center (Click to enlarge.)

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

Hurricane Isaac had no impact on the three Gulf Coast nuclear energy facilities, but operator Entergy made extensive preparations, including shutting down Waterford 3 before the storm made landfall Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service downgraded Isaac to a tropical storm Wednesday night, and Entergy said it is preparing to return Waterford 3 to the grid.
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