Nuclear Energy Institute Report on Japan’s Nuclear Reactors, October 14, 2011

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 14, 2011.  

IAEA Experts Conclude Japan’s Decontamination Efforts Going Well

Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

  • A visiting IAEA team of international radiation experts has submitted a report to Japan’s Environment Minister Goshi Hosono that generally commends the central and local governments for their decontamination efforts in areas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi facility. The report advises the government to “avoid over-conservatism” in its remediation efforts and instead to “focus on those activities that bring best results in reducing radiation doses to the public.” The team also encourages authorities to clearly signpost areas under evacuation orders.

Plant Status

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. conducted a drill at the Fukushima Daiichi facility Wednesday to determine if the plant could successfully recover from a magnitude 8 earthquake. TEPCO says the results of the exercise confirm that operators can restore water injection to reactors 1 through 3 within three hours of a disruption.

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Upcoming Events

  • NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko will speak on lessons learned from Fukushima Oct. 24 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Details are on the AAAS website.