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2012 Report to Members

THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT One of NEI’s goals is to achieve a predictable and stable regulatory environment that reflects the maturity and performance of the U.S. commercial nuclear industry. In 2012, NEI led the industry’s successful support of the nomination of Kristine Svinicki to a second five-year term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The industry also backed the nomination of Allison Macfarlane to head the commission after Gregory Jaczko resigned. • NEI and the Edison Electric Institute played a key role in prompting the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider onerous regulations governing cooling water intake structures at nuclear energy and other electric generating stations. Though the final rule has not been issued, more than 14,000 comments to EPA supported the industry’s position and EPA has indicated the regulation would be improved to include site-specific solutions rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach. • As part of a broad strategy, NEI led industry input to the NRC on the cumulative effect of regulations and has proposed improvements to regulatory processes. The industry recommended that the NRC prioritize its requirements, generic communications and amended guidance based on safety significance so the industry and the agency would not be burdened with lowerpriority activities. • The NRC commissioners directed agency staff to issue a rule on radiation protection that is aligned with the industry’s position that NEI has advocated over the last several years. The commissioners reaffirmed the current occupational dose limit and deferred other limit reductions for more review. • NEI conducted extensive outreach activities and developed guidance documents to support industry efforts to ensure effective implementation of the NRC’s new emergency planning rule. The commissioners of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission meet for a briefing. The Callaway Energy Center in Missouri. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION PHOTO COURTESY OF AMEREN


2012 Report to Members
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