U.S. Nuclear Plants

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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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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