U.S. Nuclear Plants

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

The NRC commissioners told congressional leaders this week they are confident, despite acknowledging the schedule as “very aggressive,” that the highest-priority post-Fukushima safety enhancements will be completed by the agency’s 2016 deadline.

The commissioners’ comments also revealed a renewed atmosphere of collegiality established in the two months since Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane assumed her post.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The NRC has released Interim Staff Guidance on three post-Fukushima orders the agency issued in March on safety enhancements at the nation’s nuclear energy facilities.

“The NRC guidance issued last week meets the intent of the three orders issued earlier this year,” said Joe Pollock, NEI’s executive director of Fukushima response coordination and strategy. “We look forward to working with the NRC to effectively implement the guidance in the months and years ahead.”
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Entergy Nuclear personnel working in the corporate emergency center supporting the Waterford 3, River Bend and Grand Gulf nuclear energy facilities around-the-clock throughout Hurricane Isaac.

Entergy Nuclear personnel working in the corporate emergency center (Click to enlarge.)

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

Hurricane Isaac had no impact on the three Gulf Coast nuclear energy facilities, but operator Entergy made extensive preparations, including shutting down Waterford 3 before the storm made landfall Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service downgraded Isaac to a tropical storm Wednesday night, and Entergy said it is preparing to return Waterford 3 to the grid.
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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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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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