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Nuclear Renaissance–Nuclear Requiem

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

There was considerable discussion a decade or so ago about the purported Nuclear Renaissance. New reactors were proposed almost everywhere but Delaware: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Read more >

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PRA Nuclear Power Safety

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Disaster by Design/ Safety by Intent #45

Disaster by Design

Disaster by Design/Safety by Intent #44 described how diverse, independent barriers (DIBs) can be used to promote nuclear power plant safety. That commentary cited the various pumps for providing makeup water to the reactor vessel for core cooling as an example. This commentary uses this same example to illustrate how probabilistic risk analyses (PRAs) are used to better understand, and manage, nuclear power’s risks. Read more >

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DIBs on Nuclear Power Plant Safety

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Disaster by Design/ Safety by Intent #44

Disaster by Design

Imagine that you have an extremely important appointment scheduled early tomorrow morning. To ensure that you get to the appointment on time, you might apply DIBs—Diverse Independent Barriers. Read more >

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Special Inspections: Safety Relief Valve Problems at Perry and Hatch

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Near-Miss Summary

The Near-Miss

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sent special inspection teams to the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio and to the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Georgia early this year. Both plants feature boiling water reactors (BWRs) and both experienced problems with safety relief valves that prompted the NRC’s reactions. Read more >

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