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  • Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility, said about 40 gallons of water containing radioactive strontium drained into the ocean following a leak in desalination equipment. TEPCO said it is likely to have little effect on the environment.
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Dominion Employee Inspecting Safety Systems Following Earthquake Near North Anna Power Station

Dominion Employee Inspecting Safety Systems Following Earthquake Near North Anna Power Station

Every nuclear energy facility in the United States is built with layer upon layer of safety systems. So, when a rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the East Coast on August 23, this built-in margin of safety ensured that all 14 nuclear energy facilities from North Carolina to Michigan that were impacted by the quake safely withstood nature’s challenge.

Dominion’s North Anna Power Station in central Virginia, located just 11 miles from the epicenter of the quake, felt the most impact. Shortly after the earthquake began, North Anna’s two 1,800-megawatt reactors shut down safely and automatically as designed. Four locomotive-sized diesel generators activated to keep the facility’s safety systems running when power was lost.

“A 5.8-magnitude earthquake is highly unusual for the region,” said Eugene S. Grecheck, vice president of nuclear development at Dominion, “but the energy that was imparted to the plant by the quake was relatively minor. In fact, a detailed evaluation of the duration and energy of the August 23 event shows that it was actually less than one-third as strong as for which the facility was built.”
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Radiation Protection Senior Engineer Martin Wright Conducts Ocean Sampling Near Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

Radiation Protection Senior Engineer Martin Wright Conducts Ocean Sampling Near Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

In the nuclear energy industry, our job is to produce electricity safely by protecting the health and safety of our plant workers, our environment and our communities. It is our responsibility to safely contain radiation. We do this by monitoring for radiation each day and abiding by strict federal safety limits set by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Martin Wright is a radiation protection senior engineer with 32 years of experience both in the U.S. Navy and the commercial nuclear power industry.
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Activity ID: 1002943 Activity Name: NEI Remarketing Safety Activity Group Name: Remarketing Safety First