Nuclear Energy Overview

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

The nuclear energy industry is “safer than it was before the Fukushima Daiichi accident” as nuclear energy facility operators around the world continue to upgrade their emergency preparedness and response capabilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in its annual report to the United Nations General Assembly.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards said last week it does not support an agency staff position that would require the 31 U.S. boiling water reactors with Mark I and II containments to install external containment vent filters. Instead, the ACRS said in a Nov. 8 letter to NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane, it prefers more general “performance-based standards” that would give plant operators scope to decide on more innovative strategies to mitigate radiation releases in a severe accident.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NRC staff last week outlined several options it is considering for creating a more integrated regulatory framework, as recommended by the agency’s post-Fukushima task force.

The options, discussed at a Nov. 8 public meeting, include clarifying the role of voluntary industry initiatives, creating a decision process for determining appropriate safety margins, and adding a new category in the regulations to address beyond-design-basis matters.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NRC staff told the agency’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards last week it believes that installing external containment vent filters on some reactors could be beneficial. The industry, however, said that filtering strategies inside containment that take advantage of the FLEX strategy are the key to mitigating radioactive releases during an accident.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC has issued for public comment draft interim staff guidance for U.S. nuclear energy facility operators to perform certain flooding hazard assessments in response to a request for information the agency issued in March as part of its response to the Fukushima accident.

The March request calls for licensees to use the latest available information and analysis methods to analyze site-specific hazards, including stream and river flooding, hurricane storm surges, tsunamis, and dam failures.
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