WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 23, 2011—As the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission considers possible regulatory changes to reflect lessons learned from the events at Fukushima Daichii, the U.S. nuclear energy industry continues to take independent action to ensure the safety and security of nuclear power plants across the country.
Since the March 11 tsunami and earthquake that crippled the Japanese power plant, U.S. companies are taking the following steps to safeguard nuclear energy facilities:
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its staff on the identification and implementation of actions and practices that will make U.S. nuclear energy facilities even safer than they are today,” Pietrangelo said. “In the meantime, we continue to take actions identified by our industry to ensure that we are fully prepared for extreme events, regardless of their origin.”
In the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, U.S. nuclear power plant operators launched a unified program of inspections to reconfirm the safety and emergency response systems and programs at the 104 reactors that produce one-fifth of U.S. electricity supplies. The industry has also established the Fukushima Response Steering Committee to coordinate response activities throughout the nuclear energy industry. The high-level committee, which includes representatives from the Nuclear Energy Institute, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Electric Power Research Institute, senior electric utility executives and reactor vendors, will continue to seek and apply lessons learned from Japan as more information becomes available.