Nuclear Plant Safety

Reactor engineer Kristine Madden stands in front of dry cask storage that store used nuclear fuel at Entergy's Palisades nuclear plant, where she performed periodic surveillance of the casks to check for structural issues.

Reactor Engineer Kristine Madden (Click to enlarge)

As a dedicated young leader in the nuclear energy industry, Kristine Madden, a reactor engineer at Entergy’s Palisades Nuclear Plant in Michigan, is actively involved in collaborating with colleagues to keep the plant safe. Besides pursuing a joint master’s degree in business administration and engineering management, Madden has embraced leadership roles in organizations such as North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN), American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Women in Nuclear (WiN). From her constant drive to learn from others and apply best practices, Madden exemplifies all of the qualities the industry looks for in its next-generation workforce.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NEI is urging the NRC to remain focused on the high-priority recommendations from the agency’s Fukushima task force before proceeding with implementation of the lower-priority items.

“Preliminary industry assessments indicate that the Tier 1 items, when completed, will achieve as much as 90 percent of the safety benefit from all recommendations,” NEI said in a comment letter last week. “At this time, the safety benefits derived from proceeding with implementation of the Tier 2 or Tier 3 recommendations are unclear.”
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The Japanese government is expected to authorize the resumption of operations of two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture as early as Saturday. Last Sunday the prefecture’s nuclear safety committee approved a report guaranteeing the reactors would survive severe earthquakes and tsunamis. The governor of Fukui is expected to approve restarting the reactors after visiting the facility this week, after which Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and several cabinet ministers will officially give the final go-ahead. The Ohi facilities will be the first to resume operations since all 50 of Japan’s reactors went off line in May.
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Last week at the 2012 Nuclear Energy Assembly (NEA 2012), Tony Pietrangelo, the Chief Nuclear Officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, moderated a panel discussion on the industry’s response to the events at Fukushima. We’ve posted the video from the session on YouTube and embedded a copy below.



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

A panel at Nuclear Energy Assembly on implementing lessons learned from the Fukushima accident agreed that the industry’s response to regulatory changes should be approached holistically.

Charles “Chip” Pardee, Exelon Generation’s chief operating officer, said that the industry is just beginning to implement the top-priority list of recommendations of the NRC’s Fukushima task force. Pursuing those improvements without losing focus on maintaining the safety of day-to-day reactor operations is “high on our list of concerns,” he said.
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