Society News Archive

17 March 2012
NRC to Issue Fukushima-Related Orders

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the issuance of orders and information request letters for the U.S. nuclear industry to implement enhanced safety measures based on lessons learned from the Fukushima accident. The orders require industry to establish a mitigation strategy for beyond-design-basis external events as well as enhancements for used fuel pool instrumentation and venting systems for Mark I and Mark II boiling-water reactors. The letters request information on flooding and seismic hazard reevaluations, emergency response communications, and staffing for accidents involving plants with multiple reactors.