Entergy Nuclear Update
|As we look back on the devastating natural disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, Entergy expresses both our deepest condolences to the people of Japan as well as our continued commitment to work domestically and internationally to further ensure the safety of our world's nuclear generation assets. Since the event, Entergy Nuclear has worked closely with governmental regulators, the U.S. electric industry and world nuclear organizations to offer our expertise while also sharing best practices across the industry. Today, we can firmly state that an already robust and secure domestic industry has been made even safer. In essence, this continues to be the very fabric of our nuclear culture -- to continuously learn and constantly improve.
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Entergy Nuclear Response
Entergy took a leading role in assisting the industry's understanding of and response to the events at Fukushima.
- Immediately after March 11, the company staffed our nuclear corporate emergency center just as we would plan to do during a domestic crisis.
- Within weeks, our technical experts compiled and reviewed safety capabilities of the U.S. plant designs (BWR Mark I) similar to those at Fukushima, sharing that data with the industry.
- We have assigned full-time staff to interact with regulators and other electric generators on related issues.
Although Entergy is working hand-in-hand with government regulators, we did not wait for outside direction but instead took immediate action to ensure the safety of our communities and our employees.
- All Entergy Nuclear plants have undergone extensive walk-downs and procedure reviews.
- Those efforts validated our plants' abilities to respond appropriately during a disaster, and they offered enhancements -- such as better equipment staging areas and minor equipment repairs -- to further ensure safety.
- At our dual unit sites, for instance, certain equipment is required when responding to certain disasters, but regulations previously called for only one reactor at each site to be considered. We are going a step further to purchase duplicate equipment -- such as portable pumps that could be used to cool fuel in the reactor and spent fuel pools -- for each reactor. These purchases already have been made at Indian Point Energy Center.
Our U.S. nuclear fleet is well-protected from extreme hazards, including earthquakes and floods -- and we will use the lessons learned after Fukushima as a catalyst to further improve an already safe industry.
- All U.S. nuclear plants are required to ensure they can withstand the most severe natural disasters reported for each plant's geographic location, including fault lines and flooding probabilities.
- Numerous walk-downs and reviews demonstrated our current capabilities, including the 'people factor' engrained within our emergency plans.
- Many U.S. nuclear plants, including three Entergy plants adjacent to the Mississippi River, demonstrated their design basis and emergency planning capabilities during an historic 100-year flood. In addition, an earthquake along the eastern seaboard demonstrated our country's domestic design basis against seismic threats.
- Even so, a commitment to sharing information and learning from one another is the bedrock of our continued nuclear operations in the United States. For instance, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency released a seismic model that will be used to demonstrate the abilities of nuclear plants; that model is the result of four years of work by the brightest minds in government, industry and the scientific community.
- In addition, Entergy participated in an industry initiative to establish two National Strategic Alliance for FLEX Emergency Response centers. The SAFER centers, located in Memphis and Phoenix, are fully operational and contain five sets each of additional emergency response equipment. The equipment can be deployed rapidly to serve as backup for site-stored emergency equipment if needed.