NEI Updates: October 2011

Plant Status

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. reports that pilot tests of the ventilation system associated with the cover it has installed over Fukushima Daiichi reactor 1 showed the system successfully filtered more than 90 percent of the radioactive cesium released from the reactor. TEPCO is considering installing similar covers for reactors 3 and 4, both of which were damaged by hydrogen explosions following the March 11 accident.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • Kansai Electric is to submit to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) the results of a “stress test” on reactor 3 of its Ohi plant in Fukui prefecture. The test consists of computer simulations to gauge whether a plant can withstand a major earthquake and tsunami. It is the first to be reported to NISA for consideration on restarting a shutdown reactor. Eighty percent of Japan’s nuclear energy facilities (44 out of 55) have been shut down for safety inspections since the March 11 earthquake. Read More »

Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • The general assembly of the World Association of Nuclear Operatorsapproved a set of wide-ranging commitments to nuclear safety at the organization’s first major meeting after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. About 600 attended the Oct. 23-25 meeting in Shenzhen, China. Operators of nuclear energy facilities from around the world unanimously pledged support for recommendations developed by the WANO Post-Fukushima Commission. Conference delegates voted to:
    • expand the scope of WANO activities
    • develop a worldwide integrated event response strategy
    • improve the organization’s credibility, including strengthening its peer review process
    • improve WANO’s visibility
    • improve the quality of all WANO products and services.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • The prime ministers of Japan and France signed an agreement Sunday to cooperate on improving nuclear safety. The agreement’s intent is to strengthen bilateral efforts in nuclear power risk management and radioactive decontamination. The countries also agreed to discuss setting up an international team to respond to nuclear accidents worldwide.
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Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has directed its staff to implement seven safety recommendations from the NRC’s Fukushima task force. The recommendations are among 12 presented by the task force in July. NRC staff reviewed the task force’s July 12 report and selected the recommendations it believed most appropriate for immediate action. The recommendations cover issues including the loss of all electrical power at a reactor, reviews of seismic and flooding hazards, emergency equipment and plant staff training to manage severe accidents.
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