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US nuclear facilities meet deadline for new portable safety equipment

Source(s):  Government Security News, World Business Media, LLC (GSN)

According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, US nuclear power plants met their deadline for ordering a variety of backup, readily-deployable safety equipment to handle "extreme events," to be used if other systems that comprise a facility’s multi-layered safety strategy are compromised. This additional equipment is part of the industry’s "flexible and divers" (FLEX) strategy developed in response to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi accident in March 2011.

"The nuclear industry is responding to the lessons learned from Fukushima with actions that provide the greatest safety benefit in the quickest amount of time," said Tony Pietrangelo, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. "Procurement of this equipment strengthens every facility’s ability to respond to and mitigate the impact of extreme events, no matter what causes them."

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  • Publication date 17 Apr 2012

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