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As events unfold and the potential radiation exposures become better known, we hope to be able to share additional information with you regarding radiation safety.

Letter from Prof. Vujic - latest updates

Dear NE Community,

BoilingWaterReactorDesignDownloadable are official statements from American Nuclear Society and Nuclear Energy Institute. Picture on the right side is the BWR 3 (with MARK 1 containment structure) diagram, as well as the diagram with multiple layers of safety at NPPs.
These are some sites that continuously update information
It must be understood that the tragedy in Japan can be considered as an incredibly rare “worst case” disaster scenario where  multiple catastrophic natural events happened simultaneously.
Thus far, even the most seriously damaged of Japan's 54 reactors has not released radiation at levels that would harm the public. That is a testament to their design and construction, and the effectiveness of their employees and their emergency preparedness planning. We are also seeing rapidly increasing numbers of deaths (might go to 10,000 or above) due to the destructive power of 9.0 magnitude earthquake and close to 10 m tsunami. Not a single of those deaths could be attributed to radiation.
The nuclear industry in the U.S. sets the highest standards for safety. Also, the nuclear industry around the world shares information about all events and situations, and are focused on continuous learning and incorporation of lessons learned and experiences from other NPPs in the world. The possible loss-of-coolant scenarios are studied continuously and safety measures in all NPPs are upgraded continuously.
Also, since September 11, 2001, additional safeguards and training have been put in place at all US nuclear reactors which allow plant operators to continuously cool the reactor core during an extended power outage and/or failure of backup generators.
Jasmina Vujic

Prof. Vujic: Nuclear power is the future

Prof. Vujic speaks for Voice of America about the future of Nuclear power:

NEI News Release: NEI Welcomes Approval of Nuclear R&D Bill By House Science and Tech. Committee

NEI Welcomes Approval of Nuclear R&D Bill By House Science and Technology Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 23, 2010—The House Committee on Science and Technology today approved H.R. 5866, the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010. The bill authorizes the Department of Energy to fund advanced research and development programs on various aspects of nuclear energy. Following is a statement from Alex Flint, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior vice president of governmental affairs.

Read more: NEI News Release: NEI Welcomes Approval of Nuclear R&D Bill By House Science and Tech. Committee

MIT Report Endorses Centralized Interim Storage for Spent Reactor Fuel

MIT_energyA Massachusetts Institute of Technology task force report called yesterday for the United States to create a few centralized storage sites for spent nuclear reactor fuel in the next decades, while researching new reactor designs that could reduce the challenges of permanent geological burial of nuclear wastes. Read more...


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