Every company that operates a nuclear power plant has committed to order new backup emergency equipment. More than 300 pieces of safety equipment already have been installed or ordered.
Following its evaluation of American facilities, the independent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared that the plants pose no imminent danger. To further strengthen plants’ ability to withstand extreme events, the agency will require U.S. facilities to install additional instruments to monitor used fuel storage pools, to develop strategies to prevent damage from external events that may affect multiple reactors at a site and, for some reactors, to install hardened vents. The NRC also is asking for more information on seismic and flooding issues, on availability of communications equipment, and emergency response staffing for incidents that affect multiple reactors.
U.S. Industry Leadership in Response
To Events at Fukushima Daiichi