Fact Sheet

Below is a summary of actions by the U.S. nuclear energy industry in response to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. These actions include proactive initiatives taken by the industry and a tailored, comprehensive industry response to new regulatory requirements.

Analyzing and Capturing Lessons Learned from Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini

  • The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations coordinated one of the most exhaustive timelines (INPO 11-005) of events at Fukushima Daiichi so that the U.S. and global industry can learn lessons from this event.

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What is FLEX?

FLEX is a strategy developed by the nuclear energy industry to implement the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)’s Fukushima task force recommendations quickly and effectively. FLEX addresses the main safety challenges at Fukushima—the loss of cooling capability and electrical power resulting from a severe natural event—to make U.S. facilities even safer.

The strategy is “flexible” in that it relies on portable equipment to protect against even the most unlikely events — events that go beyond the plant’s design basis.

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NEI has posted a new backgrounder to its website:

  • U.S. Companies Make Safety Enhancements at Nuclear Energy Facilities; EU and Asia Undertake ‘Stress Tests’
    • Nuclear energy regulators and nuclear plant operators around the world reacted quickly after the March 11 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility in Japan, providing assistance to the Japanese where possible and reviewing safety measures at their own facilities. Those initial reviews are being followed by more detailed assessments as more is learned about exactly what happened at Fukushima and why. Regulators and industry alike will scrutinize the Fukushima event to glean lessons that can be applied to nuclear energy facilities globally.
    • The U.S. nuclear industry has a robust program for critiquing safety measures and sharing lessons learned from Fukushima. The industry already has taken significant measures to enhance safety at America’s nuclear energy facilities. Separately, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission task force has completed inspections at each U.S. reactor and a 90-day review of the Fukushima accident that yielded several near-term recommendations for the U.S. industry. 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.

Three days ago, the East Coast felt the tremors and heard the rumble of an unusual 5.8 earthquake, centered near Mineral, Va. Although most of us were caught off guard, the nuclear industry prepares for earthquakes and other natural disasters—from the design of the facilities to implementation of emergency response procedures. We were ready for the challenge. Read More »

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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