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

The NRC has endorsed the industry guidance on flooding and seismic walkdowns developed in response to recommendations from the post-Fukushima task force but asked for two changes in in the guidance on flooding.
In a May 31 letter, the agency said that the guidance documents are “responsive” to a request for information issued March 12 on flooding and seismic walkdowns and other issues.
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  • The Japanese government and four regional power companies will announce electricity rationing contingency plans by mid-June. With all of Japan’s nuclear reactors offline, the government is predicting power shortages in the western and northern areas of the country. Blackouts are expected to be limited to a few hours per day in each area, and essential services such as railways, hospitals and fire departments will be exempt. Japan posted a record $6.5 billion trade deficit in April. It was the second straight month that the country’s imports exceeded its exports, mostly due to the need for liquefied natural gas and crude oil for thermal power plants.

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

NEI urged the NRC to focus on high-priority “Tier 1” recommendations from the agency’s Fukushima task force report at a meeting at NRC headquarters last week attended by NEI’s Fukushima Steering Committee and agency staff.

“The key to success has to continue to be the ability to prioritize the most significant lessons learned from Fukushima and execute [in response to] them,” said Jim Scarola, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of Progress Energy. “We have to recognize that not only is there an aggregate benefit; there is an aggregate burden. We have to make sure to focus that burden for the greatest benefit.”
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The nuclear energy industry’s priority is to make post-Fukushima enhancements “that will provide the greatest safety benefits in the shortest amount of time with the least distraction to our commitment to safe operations,” NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel said today.

Opening NEI’s 2012 Nuclear Energy Assembly today in Charlotte, N.C., he cautioned against “a rush to act” on lower-priority responses to the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NEI has submitted for NRC review a guidance document on the industry’s FLEX strategy. The 99-page document presents the industry’s strategy to enhance nuclear reactor operators’ ability to cope with severe natural events by deploying additional fixed and portable equipment such as generators and pumps at strategic locations on and off the plant site.

NEI submitted the proposed guidance May 4 in response to the NRC’s March 12 order requiring nuclear plant licensees to improve their ability to mitigate severe external events.
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