FLEX

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

NRC Commissioner George Apostolakis had questions about the nuclear energy industry’s FLEX strategy at a briefing on the progress made to implement the highest-priority recommendations of the agency’s post-Fukushima task force.
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  • An independent review of lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear plants in the aftermath of last year’s earthquake and tsunami, conducted by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations at the request of Tokyo Electric Power Co., says that reactor operators should allocate resources and training to prepare for unexpected circumstances. Priorities identified include maintaining reactor cooling and multi-unit emergency response capabilities and continually strengthening nuclear safety cultures. Tony Pietrangelo, NEI’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, said, “For the U.S. nuclear industry, our first priority is and always will be safety. INPO’s findings are aligned with steps already being taken to enhance safety across our industry.”
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PSEG Nuclear's Jamie Mallon examines a back-up generator, one of several back-up systems that keep a plant running safely during an extended loss of power.

PSEG Nuclear's Fukushima Response Manager Jamie Mallon examines a back-up generator. (Click to enlarge.)

Top safety experts at all U.S.nuclear energy facilities are implementing FLEX, a strategy developed to address the main safety challenges at Fukushima, and planning for events that are more severe than those for which their facilities were designed. PSEG Nuclear’s Jamie Mallon is one such expert. With more than 30 years of experience in radiation protection, regulatory assurance, training and nuclear development programs, Mallon is helping to lead the industry’s Fukushima response effort, while balancing his roles as PSEG’s early site permit manager and Fukushima response manager. 

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Nuclear energy facilities have different designs and each filtration option, or combination of options highlighted in the graphic below, is a possible way to achieve the goal of preventing the release of potentially harmful materials in the event of an accident. After numerous other safety measures have been taken, one of these filtration approaches could be used to prevent the release of radioactive particles.

Filtration Strategies to Protect Public Safety and the Environment

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See NEI’s main graphics page for other graphics in relation to the U.S. nuclear industry’s post-Fukushima response.

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

NEI and NRC representatives told a National Academy of Sciences panel that the industry is making steady progress in implementing lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The NAS is conducting a technical study of the accident, sponsored by the NRC.

NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel said that the industry’s primary lesson learned is to ensure the continued availability of electricity and cooling water at nuclear energy facility sites in the aftermath of a severe event.
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