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  • Blog Post: How a Bias for Action Led to an Innovative Alternative to External Filtered Vents

    Maria Korsnick The following is a guest post by Maria Korsnick, NEI’s Chief Operating Officer. During the five years that I was chief nuclear officer at Constellation Energy , my first priority was to ensure that our plants operated safely and reliably in order to protect public health and safety. On...
  • Blog Post: Diplomatic Differences Don’t Alter Shared Goals in International Nuclear Safety

    Dale Klein The following is a post by Dale Klein, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at The University of Texas System. All nations with nuclear energy programs share the same goals of protection of the public health and safety along...
  • Blog Post: Leadership at Fukushima Daini

    Charles Casto The latest addition to our understanding of the lessons in leadership from the Fukushima experience of 2011 comes from Charles Casto . Mr. Casto spent almost a year as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's senior liaison in Japan after the Fukushima accident. This role gave him an extraordinary...
  • 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: Remembering the Dedication of TEPCO’s Employees at Fukushima

    Guest Commentary by Marvin Fertel President and Chief Executive Officer Nuclear Energy Institute One year ago, a powerful earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeast coast of Japan, leaving more than 19,000 people dead or missing and thousands more homeless. We continue to remember the Japanese people...
  • Blog Post: 2012: The Year After the Year

    2012 may fade away and 2013 arrive with undo chipperness, but It’s all a continuum. Last year’s narratives will continue into the new year, a few cameo players from 2012 will gain additional prominence in 2013 – I’m thinking small reactors here – and, to paraphrase the tagline of an old horror comic...
  • Blog Post: Some Facts About Station Blackout That David Lochbaum Didn't Tell The New York Times

    Some facts UCS left out. If you were concerned with the safety of America's nuclear energy facilities, I could understand why this blog post from Matt Wald at NY Times Green might cause you a bit of pause. In it, David Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists makes the claim that industry and...
  • Blog Post: Industry Plans Alternative Approach to Seismic Hazard Reevaluations

    The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview. The nuclear energy industry is moving forward to implement its diverse and flexible emergency coping capability, or FLEX, with the goal of being “fully responsive” to the pending Nuclear Regulatory Commission order associated with...
  • Blog Post: NRC Issues Guidance on FLEX, Vents and Spent Fuel Pool Instrumentation

    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...
  • Blog Post: Japanese Government Expected to Authorize Ohi Plant Restart

    Industry/Regulatory/Political The Japanese government is expected to authorize the resumption of operations of two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture as early as Saturday. Last Sunday the prefecture’s nuclear safety committee approved a report guaranteeing the reactors...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Nuclear Industry Adopts Initiative to Acquire More Emergency Equipment

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Nuclear Energy Institute today announced the industry’s unanimous approval of an initiative to procure additional on-site portable equipment that will be available to help ensure that every commercial nuclear energy facility can respond safely to extreme events, no matter what the...
  • Blog Post: The FLEX Solution: America's Nuclear Industry Responds to Fukushima

    Earlier today, the Nuclear Energy Institute released a five-minute video explaining the comprehensive and tailored response strategy that it is implementing across the industry to enhance nuclear plant safety in the face of extreme natural events. To produce the high-definition video , NEI acquired first...
  • Blog Post: Industry Questions Need, Schedule for New Regulatory Framework

    The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission needs a clear safety imperative for drafting options for a new regulatory framework, as recommended by the agency’s post-Fukushima task force, industry said this week. The schedule for this...
  • Blog Post: Combined Strategies More Effective in Containing Radioactive Materials, EPRI Report Says

    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...
  • Blog Post: Acquisition of More Safety Equipment Tops List of U.S. Responses to Fukushima

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 6, 2012—One year after the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan, the U.S. nuclear energy industry has begun acquiring additional safety equipment as part of a “diverse and flexible” response strategy that is generally aligned with the near-term priorities identified by the independent...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO to Seal Seabed Near Fukushima Daiichi

    Plant Status Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to cover about 17 acres of the seabed near the cooling water intakes of Fukushima Daiichi’s six reactors with a two-foot-thick mix of cement and clay. TEPCO said the project will prevent radioactive cesium and other materials from washing out to sea. The company...
  • Blog Post: Last Japanese Nuclear Facility Closes—For Now

    Industry/Regulatory/Political Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s Tomari 3, Japan’s last operating commercial nuclear reactor, shut down for regular inspections March 5, marking the first time in 42 years that Japan has not had a reactor generating electricity. Japan has 50 operable commercial units. The national...
  • Blog Post: UCS Channels Goldilocks In Response to Fukushima

    NEI's Senior Vice President of Communications, Scott Peterson , passed along the following note concerning last week's report by the Union of Concerned Scientists , " U.S. Nuclear Power Safety One Year After Fukushima ." The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has weighed in on the...
  • Blog Post: Japan’s Nuclear Companies Establish INPO-Style Nuclear Safety Institute

    Industry/Regulatory/Political Japan’s nuclear utilities and vendors have created a new group called the Japan Nuclear Safety Institute (JANSI), which the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said is modeled on the U.S. Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the World Association of Nuclear...
  • Blog Post: NRC Technical Staff and Industry Differ Over Filtering Alternatives

    The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview. NRC staff told the agency’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards last week it believes that installing external containment vent filters on some reactors could be beneficial. The industry, however, said that filtering...
  • Blog Post: The FLEX Solution: America’s Nuclear Industry Responds to Fukushima

    Earlier today, the Nuclear Energy Institute released a five-minute video explaining the comprehensive and tailored response strategy that it is implementing across the industry to enhance nuclear plant safety in the face of extreme natural events. To produce the high-definition video, NEI acquired first...
  • Blog Post: Industry Developing Regional Response Centers to Deliver Emergency Equipment

    Equipment-sharing program at Memphis, Phoenix locations augments industry protocol to pool safety equipment in event of emergencies WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 25, 2012—The nuclear energy industry is adding another layer of safety and public protection by developing regional centers for critical equipment...
  • Blog Post: Applying Lessons Learned from Fukushima

    Guest Commentary by Charles Pardee Chief Operating Officer of Exelon Generation Co. Chairman of the Fukushima Response Steering Committee Nearly a year after a massive earthquake and tsunami disabled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, the U.S. nuclear energy industry remains dedicated to applying...