U.S. Nuclear Plants

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

Discussion of the cumulative effects of regulation on NRC licensees dominated a panel at last week’s NEI Licensing Forum, with the views of the industry’s commercial nuclear energy and fuel cycle sectors well represented.

Alex Marion, NEI’s vice president for special projects, said that while the topic is not new, it has taken on a new urgency “when you consider the NRC regulatory actions taken and proposed for the Fukushima near-term task force recommendations.”
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NEI has reiterated its position that the key to minimizing radioactive releases during an accident is to avoid core damage. In a letter to the NRC, NEI is also urging the agency to consolidate several issues it is analyzing separately.

NEI’s letter says the best approach to reduce the potential for land contamination is fundamentally by the numerous actions to prevent core damage already promulgated under the high-priority (Tier 1) recommendations issued by the NRC’s post-Fukushima task force.
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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 evaluate their sites’ responses to reanalyzed flooding hazards that exceed levels the plants were designed to withstand.

The guidance outlines an acceptable method for reactor licensees to meet one of the requirements outlined in a March 12 request for information the agency issued as part of its response to the Fukushima accident.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

A new study by the Electric Power Research Institute that examines options for minimizing the release of radioactive materials in a severe nuclear accident says that a combination of strategies would be more effective than any single measure.The EPRI report looked at boiling water reactors with Mark I and Mark II containment designs, similar to those involved in the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident. The study notes that, while the accident did not have a long-term effect on public health and safety, it did result in “widespread contamination” of surrounding areas.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

NRC staff has issued for public comment draft interim staff guidance for U.S. nuclear energy facility operators reassessing the ability of their plants to withstand earthquakes.

The guidance describes the NRC’s “acceptable method” for licensees to conduct enhanced “seismic margin assessments,” or SMAs, that would meet the requirements of a March 12 request for information the agency issued as part of its response to the Fukushima accident.
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