NRC

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

The NRC is developing preliminary work plans on the longer-term recommendations of the agency’s post-Fukushima task force, starting with a series of public meetings to obtain input from stakeholders.

The discussions follow close on the heels of three orders and a request for information the agency issued in March, raising concern in the industry that resources may be spread too thin. Compounding concern is the fact that some of the lower-priority recommendations have no clear nexus to the accident. The industry is urging the NRC to defer any significant action on these recommendations until work on the higher-priority items has been largely completed.
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  • Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s Tomari 3, Japan’s last operating commercial nuclear reactor, shut down for regular inspections March 5, marking the first time in 42 years that Japan has not had a reactor generating electricity. Japan has 50 operable commercial units. The national government’s ruling party, the Democratic Party of Japan, continues to work with local communities that host nuclear facilities to allow reactors to return to operation.
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  • 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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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel laid out the nuclear energy industry’s agenda for 2012 today in a briefing in New York City for Wall Street financial analysts.

“Safe operation of our plants is—and will always be—our top priority,” Fertel said. “It’s our responsibility to our employees, neighbors and all other stakeholders. It’s also good business.”
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