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U.S. GOVERNMENT AND NUCLEAR ENERGY INDUSTRY RESPONSE TO THE FUKUSHIMA ACCIDENT
The 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station had a profound impact on nuclear power operators worldwide. The policy discussion on nuclear energy changed from the benefits of this clean energy technology to safety and security issues that, informed by decades of safe operation, had been largely resolved in the minds of the public. Within one week of the Fukushima accident, operators at U.S. reactors were reviewing systems and components to ensure that the designed features and measures could mitigate the effects of a seismic event, flood or complete loss of AC power. The U.S. nuclear industry has pooled resources to ensure the lessons from Japan are systematically gathered, analyzed and implemented. This process has already identified near-term enhancements that will add further to the margin of safety. DOWNLOAD