The Nuclear Energy Institute last week criticized The Associated Press for selective and misleading reporting in a series of articles on U.S. nuclear power plant safety. The coverage has factual errors, fails to cite relevant reports on safety that contradict the reporting, and raises questions about historic operating issues while ignoring more recent evidence of improved performance in areas that it examines.

NEI has compiled key facts on nuclear plant safety that rebut the claims in the recent articles by The Associated Press:

  • Part 1: “U.S. Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules,” June 20, 2011
  • Part 2: “U.S. Nuke Sites Have Had Tritium Leaks, Often Into Groundwater,” June 21, 2011
  • Part 3: “Populations Around U.S. Nuke Plants Soar,” June 23, 2011
  • Part 4: “NRC and Industry Rewrite Nuke History,” June 24, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Nuclear Energy Institute today launched a new website——dedicated to safety measures at America’s nuclear energy facilities as well as recovery efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. This specialized site includes information gathered by NEI since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, with a focus on safety-related issues.

NEI’s website is part of its ongoing effort to communicate steps U.S. electric companies are taking to triple-check safety and emergency preparedness programs at their nuclear energy facilities.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Eighty percent of residents living near nuclear energy facilities favor the use of nuclear energy as one way to provide electricity in the United States. Half of them “strongly favored” the use of nuclear energy, compared to 11 percent who were “strongly opposed.”

Americans believe that companies that operate nuclear energy facilities are taking appropriate safety measures and are prepared for the most severe events that could impact U.S. reactors.


John Keeley, NEI’s media relations manager, interviews Tony Pietrangelo, NEI’s chief nuclear officer and senior vice president, on the selective reporting, inaccuracies and mischaracterizations in a recent series of articles by The Associated Press on nuclear plant safety and regulatory oversight. For more information, see NEI’s press release “Nuclear Energy Institute Criticizes Shoddy AP Reporting on U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Safety.”

NEI has updated its fact sheet, “Emergency Preparedness at Nuclear Energy Facilities.”

Key Facts

  • America’s nuclear energy facilities are designed and built to safely withstand a wide variety of natural and other severe events and staffed by highly trained, federally licensed operators with a five-decade history of safe operations in the United States. The operators who staff these facilities are capable of taking the actions necessary to mitigate and control adverse events. An emergency plan provides multiple layers of protection by specifying additional measures that may be taken in the event of a severe accident.



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