Nuclear Energy Overview

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.

The NRC has endorsed the industry guidance on emergency response staffing and communications developed in response to recommendations from the Fukushima task force.

In a May 15 letter, the NRC said that the guidance is an “acceptable method” for the industry to respond to the agency’s request for information issued in March.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The industry has urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to separate the issue of reliable hardened vents—required for some reactors under a post-Fukushima order issued in March—from the question of whether such vents should be filtered.

Since vent filters are only one of several options for reducing or preventing a release of radioactive materials during an accident, the NRC should consider all the alternatives in a more holistic context, the industry said in a letter to the agency.
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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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