NEI Updates: February 2012

Plant Status

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to cover about 17 acres of the seabed near the cooling water intakes of Fukushima Daiichi’s six reactors with a two-foot-thick mix of cement and clay. TEPCO said the project will prevent radioactive cesium and other materials from washing out to sea. The company said the work should be completed within four months.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The U.S. nuclear industry last week unanimously approved an initiative to procure supplemental on-site portable equipment that will be available to help ensure that every commercial nuclear energy facility can respond safely to extreme events. The initiative commits every company operating a nuclear energy facility to order or enter into contracts for a plant-specific list of emergency equipment by March 31. The equipment includes items such diesel-driven pumps, electric generators, ventilation fans and communications gear as well as support materials for emergency responders. NEI’s chief nuclear officer, Anthony Pietrangelo, said the initiative reflects the industry’s commitment to implement its flexible and diverse strategy to begin incorporating lessons learned from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi accident as quickly as possible.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The New Jersey governor’s nuclear review task force, formed shortly after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, has published a report that concludes: “Based upon the information provided by the NRC and the licensees, the task force members have a high level of confidence that New Jersey’s nuclear power plants are operating safely and have effective mitigation plans to address the lessons learned from the Fukushima incidents.”
  • Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has approved the results of “stress test” simulations on Ohi reactors 3 and 4 in Fukui Prefecture. The NISA report to the Nuclear Safety Commission says the tests demonstrate the reactors can withstand earthquakes and tsunamis as strong as those that hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The final decision to restart the reactors rests with central and local governments. Last week, a team of International Atomic Energy Agency experts concluded that the tests met international standards.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

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