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Health Physics Society nominee Barbara Hamrick, JD, CHP, has been appointed to the National Academies Committee on Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants.This study will address four issues:
- Causes of the Fukushima nuclear accident, particularly with respect to the performance of safety systems and operator response following the earthquake and tsunami.
- Reevaluation of the conclusions from previous National Academy of Sciences studies on safety and security of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste storage, particularly with respect to the safety and security of current storage arrangements and alternative arrangements in which the amount of commercial spent fuel stored in pools is reduced.
- Lessons that can be learned from the accident to improve commercial nuclear plant safety and security systems and operations.
- Lessons that can be learned from the accident to improve commercial nuclear plant safety and security regulations, including processes for identifying and applying design basis events for accidents and terrorist attacks to existing nuclear plants.
This study is being sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Additional information about this study is posted here.Résumés of the provisional committee members can be seen here.