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2012 Report to Members

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspector examines equipment at a nuclear energy facility. POST-FUKUSHIMA SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS Ensuring the effective implementation of lessons learned from the Fukushima accident into the licensing requirements for existing and new nuclear plants and restoring public and political confidence in nuclear energy are other goals. As NEI and its member companies continued to respond to post-Fukushima orders, the NRC endorsed the industry’s FLEX program, which strengthens safety with the strategic placement of supplemental safety equipment at all U.S. reactors. For an additional layer of safety, the industry unanimously agreed to establish regional response centers in Tennessee and Arizona to position more equipment that might be needed in an emergency. • The NRC endorsed seismic and flood protection walkdown guidance and guidance documents for assessing and enhancing plant emergency response staffing and emergency communications. • NEI recommended that industry and NRC resources should focus first on completing the high-priority activities that provide approximately 90 percent of the safety benefit of all the Fukushima regulatory recommendations rather than implementing lower recommendations at this time. • NEI, along with industry leaders and third-party experts, conducted briefings for members of Congress, governors, state legislators and state regulators to strengthen the credibility of the industry and ensure that policy platforms and position papers reflect support for nuclear energy. Part of the industry’s FLEX program, a new high-power water pump undergoes testing at the Monticello nuclear generating plant in Minnesota. PHOTO COURTESY OF XCEL ENERGY PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


2012 Report to Members
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