Nuclear Plant Safety

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

The industry has submitted for NRC endorsement revised guidance for implementing the agency’s post-Fukushima order to install additional used fuel storage pool instrumentation.

The revision clarifies several points based on NRC staff comments on the initial version, which was submitted in July. In its submission, the industry reiterates its position, in line with the commission’s direction, that installing commercial-quality instruments—combined with a training and testing program to maintain their reliability—will fully comply with the order.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The use of nuclear energy will continue to increase globally, even though last year’s accident in Japan has curbed expansion, the International Atomic Energy Agency says.

“The Fukushima Daiichi accident resulted in a slowing of the expansion of nuclear power but did not reverse it,” the IAEA’s annual report for 2011 says. “Nuclear power remains an important option for countries, and interest in nuclear power remains high.”
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Nuclear energy facilities are built to withstand hurricanes and have a proven history of success.

With reactor containment structures of steel-reinforced concrete, nuclear energy facilities are some of the most robust in the U.S. infrastructure. Besides being built strong, nuclear plant operators train one out of every six weeks on how to safely manage extreme events, such as hurricanes, and regularly coordinate with local, state and federal officials to prepare for emergencies.

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Below is a summary of actions by the U.S. nuclear energy industry in response to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. These actions include proactive initiatives taken by the industry and a tailored, comprehensive industry response to new regulatory requirements.

Analyzing and Capturing Lessons Learned from Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini

  • The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations coordinated one of the most exhaustive timelines (INPO 11-005) of events at Fukushima Daiichi so that the U.S. and global industry can learn lessons from this event.

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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency says its member nations have reported “significant progress” in nuclear safety in the past year, including assessments of safety vulnerabilities at nuclear energy facilities, emergency preparedness and response, and enhanced communications among member nations, international organizations and the public. The IAEA’s assessment comes in a progress report on the agency’s Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, which was unanimously endorsed last September as a follow-up to the Fukushima nuclear accident. The report will be presented at the organization’s annual General Conference in Vienna next month.
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