The Nuclear Energy Institute today launched a new website—http://safetyfirst.nei.org—dedicated to safety measures at America’s nuclear energy facilities as well as recovery efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. This specialized site includes information gathered by NEI since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, with a focus on safety-related issues.
NEI’s website is part of its ongoing effort to communicate steps U.S. electric companies are taking to triple-check safety and emergency preparedness programs at their nuclear energy facilities.
The site includes a library of fact sheets, updates and videos featuring expert analysis from sources on the myriad of issues regarding plant safety. It also offers a subscription service where people can get the latest posts via email or RSS feed. Of particular note, the website will include an “Ask an Expert” feature that allows readers to submit questions for which they will receive direct answers by email. Answers to frequently asked questions feature video tutorials of nuclear energy basics.
“There has been a tremendous amount of interest in nuclear energy in general, and the safe operation of U.S. plants in particular. We felt it would be beneficial to gather all of the information regarding safety measures being taken at America’s nuclear energy plants and in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in one place,” said Scott Peterson, NEI senior vice president of communications.
“The Safety First site will provide regular updates on actions being taken to stabilize the Japanese reactors as well as lessons learned from the accident that are being incorporated at U.S. facilities. It will be an invaluable source of information for policymakers, policy groups, researchers and the general public,” Peterson said.
This new website does not replace NEI’s main website for information on broader nuclear energy issues. Visitors to the new site will be directed back to the main NEI website through a series of links for information related to other nuclear energy topics.