PG&E is following the developments at Japan's nuclear energy plants
PG&E and the U.S. nuclear power industry continue to pay close attention to the events that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan. The lessons learned will be incorporated into every aspect of operations at America’s nuclear plants so they can continue to maintain their high standard for safe, reliable operations.
Nuclear Energy Institute Showcases PG&E, Diablo Canyon Power Plant as Evidence of Industry Focus on Safety
America’s nuclear power plants, through the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), have created a program known as FLEX to enhance safety in the face of extreme natural events.
The diverse and flexible (“FLEX”) response strategy addresses the major challenges encountered at the Fukushima Daiichi power station following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami: the loss of power to maintain effective reactor fuel cooling.
As part of the program, additional on-site portable equipment is being acquired to help ensure that every U.S. nuclear energy facility can respond safely to extreme events, no matter what the cause. The equipment ranges from diesel-driven pumps and electric generators to ventilation fans, hoses, fittings, cables and satellite communications gear. It also includes support materials for emergency responders.
And, to tell the story of FLEX, NEI spoke to PG&E Chief Nuclear Officer Ed Halpin about how Diablo Canyon Power Plant has been at the forefront of implementing this strategy.
- Japan: Fukushima Recovery Efforts - Read "NEI Updates" and the latest information on the Fukushima response efforts
- Industry Actions: Incorporating Lessons From Japan - Information related to the industry's evaluation of U.S. nuclear plants
- Safety and Security: Planning Beyond the Unthinkable - General safety-related information at nuclear plants
- Public Health: Protecting Our Communities - Perspective on radiation and radiation safety at nuclear plants