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  • Blog Post: Personal Reflections on Fukushima Daiichi’s Third Anniversary

    Steven Kraft The following is a guest post by Steven Kraft, senior technical advisor at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Last September, Kraft traveled to Japan with U.S. chief nuclear officers to meet with their Japanese counterparts to discuss lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident...
  • Blog Post: CNO Summit Diary: PG&E's Ed Halpin on the Lessons From Fukushima

    Ed Halpin, SVP & CNO of PG&E Ed Halpin, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at PG&E , was in Japan this week with virtually all of his American colleagues as part of the U.S.-Japan CNO Summit. He shared this diary entry with us after reflecting on what he saw at Fukushima Daiichi...
  • Blog Post: CNO Summit Diary: Indelibile Impressions From a Historic Week

    Editor's Note: For the past week, NEI's John Keeley has been accompanying a delegation of American chief nuclear officers on a tour of Japan. This is his last blog entry he'll make before returning home to the U.S. To find all of the content related to this week's trip from NEI Nuclear...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Industry Further Enhances Nuclear Energy Safety With Significant Response to Fukushima Daiichi Accident

    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...
  • Blog Post: Graphic: Making Safe Nuclear Energy Safer After Fukushima

    This infographic illustrates the multiple layers of safety that will be used as part of the nuclear energy industry’s flexible and diverse strategy (FLEX). The FLEX strategy incorporates lessons learned from the main safety challenges at Fukushima. See NEI’s main graphics page for other graphics...
  • Blog Post: Fukushima Response Manager Explains One Approach to FLEX

    Top safety experts at all U.S.nuclear energy facilities are implementing FLEX, a strategy developed to address the main safety challenges atFukushima, and planning for events that are more severe than those for which their facilities were designed. PSEG Nuclear’s Jamie Mallon is one such expert. With...
  • Blog Post: Japan’s PWRs to Be Outfitted With Hydrogen Recombiners

    Industry/Regulatory/Political AREVA has announced a contract to provide all 23 of Japan’s pressurized water reactors with passive autocatalytic recombiners, which will help prevent hydrogen from building up in emergency situations. The company said it will install more than 100 of the devices, which...
  • Blog Post: NEI Sends FLEX Guidance to NRC for Review and Comment

    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...
  • Blog Post: Industry Challenges NRC Resource Estimates for Post-Fukushima Re-Evaluations

    The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview. The industry estimates it will take each nuclear plant site between 30,000 and 45,000 hours to respond to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s post-Fukushima request for information on seismic risk and other issues—more than...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Publishes Mid-Range Fukushima Restoration Policy

    Plant Update Tokyo Electric Power Co. has released English translations of its Management Policy Toward Restoration of the Fukushima Daiichi site and environs as well as a 71-item Intensive Reform Implementation Action Plan for executing the policy. The plan includes building an international reactor...
  • Blog Post: Japan’s Regulator Examines Fissure Near Tsuruga Plant

    Industry/Regulatory/Political Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority last week began examining a fissure beneath Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga nuclear energy facility in Fukui prefecture to determine whether it is associated with a nearby active fault. NRA officials investigated samples of rock strata...
  • Blog Post: The State-of-Play of Nuclear Safety After Fukushima

    If anything set the table for the American nuclear industry’s response to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, it was the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. After that event, all essential infrastructure and its security was put on the menu for a rethink. For all kinds of power plants, an important...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Building Structure to Protect Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 Used Fuel Storage Pool

    Plant Update Tokyo Electric Power Co. last week began preparing to build a covered structure alongside and above the reactor 4 building at Fukushima Daiichi. The structure will house a fuel-handling crane that will eventually remove more than 1,500 used fuel assemblies from the reactor’s used fuel storage...
  • Blog Post: Ostendorff Suggests Additional Communication of FLEX Capabilities

    The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview. NRC Commissioner William Ostendorff told attendees at NEI’s Licensing Forum this week that the nuclear energy industry needs to communicate how the FLEX strategy would work to bolster public safety. FLEX, the industry’s...
  • Blog Post: Industry and NRC Steering Committees Discuss Flexible, All-Hazards Post-Fukushima Approach

    The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview, and was written by correspondent Lynne Prodoehl. There is an emerging consensus among U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff, the agency’s advisory committee, industry and key committees in Congress that an “all-hazards...
  • Blog Post: INPO Report Emphasizes Continuous Preparation for Unexpected

    Industry/Regulatory/Political An independent review of lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear plants in the aftermath of last year’s earthquake and tsunami, conducted by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations at the request of Tokyo Electric Power Co., says that reactor operators...
  • Blog Post: NRC Soon to Issue Guidance on Fukushima Top-Priority Issues

    The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview. The nuclear energy industry continues to make progress on developing guidance for implementing the highest-priority recommendations from the NRC’s Fukushima task force. The NRC meanwhile is preparing to send approved guidance back...
  • Blog Post: Fertel Stresses Post-Fukushima Safety in NEA Conference Opener

    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...
  • Blog Post: NEI, NRC Share Fukushima Lessons With NAS Study Panel

    The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview. NEI and NRC representatives told a National Academy of Sciences panel that the industry is making steady progress in implementing lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The NAS is conducting a technical study of the...
  • Blog Post: Industry Developing Guidance on NRC Orders, Ordering FLEX Equipment

    Industry/Regulatory/Political NEI has sent to nuclear energy facility managers a set of recommended generic templates for industry responses to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s orders on mitigation strategies, hardened containment vents and used fuel pool instrumentation. Initial responses to...
  • Blog Post: EPRI Recommends Combining Strategies to Minimize Radiological Releases in Severe Accidents

    Industry/Regulatory/Political 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 much more effective than depending on any single measure. In particular...
  • Blog Post: NRC Commissioners Look at Industry Fukushima Response

    The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview. NRC Commissioner George Apostolakis had questions about the nuclear energy industry’s FLEX strategy at a briefing on the progress made to implement the highest-priority recommendations of the agency’s post-Fukushima task...
  • Blog Post: Graphic: Filtration Strategies to Protect Public Safety and the Environment

    Nuclear energy facilities have different designs and each filtration option, or combination of options highlighted in the graphic below, is a possible way to achieve the goal of preventing the release of potentially harmful materials in the event of an accident. After numerous other safety measures have...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Nuclear Facilities Meet Deadline for Ordering New Safety Equipment

    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2012—Bolstering the ability of U.S. nuclear energy facilities to respond safely to extreme events, the industry has met its March 31 deadline for ordering additional on-site portable equipment to be used in emergencies. The equipment would be used if other systems that comprise...
  • Blog Post: US Industry to Develop Two Regional Emergency Response Centers

    Industry/Regulatory/Political The operators of U.S. nuclear energy facilities last week approved a contract to develop two regional response centers that will store emergency equipment for rapid delivery in case of an extreme event at any nuclear plant. “The regional response centers will further increase...