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Project Title: Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants

PIN: DELS-NRSB-12-01         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit:
Board on Energy & Environmental Systems DEPS
Committee on International Security and Arms Control
Office of the Foreign Secretaries
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board

Crowley, Kevin

Subject/Focus Area:
Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies; Math, Chemistry, and Physics; Policy for Science and Technology

Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants
November 13, 2013 - November 13, 2013
Web-based media/teleconference

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Darlene Gros
Phone: (202) 334-3066
Fax: (202) 334-3077


Lessons Learned From the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety and Security of U.S. Nuclear Plants

Meeting Topic: Emergency Preparedness
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
11:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT


• Sara DeCair, Mike Boyd, and David Pawel, scientists in the Radiation Protection Division, Environmental Protection Agency
• Jon Edwards, Director, Radiation Protection Division, Environmental Protection Agency


1. The committee wants to better understand the risks that decision makers that issue radiation protection actions need to balance during an emergency. That is the risk from radiation balanced with the risk from evacuation and other protective actions. For this reason, the committee would like to ask EPA to provide numerical values of risks and uncertainty bounds, if available, (based on cancer incidence and/or mortality) associated with the PAGs (10-50 mSv for evacuation/sheltering) but also at exposures 10 X and 100 X higher than the PAGs.

2. EPA’S thoughts on thyroid cancer risks to children at the FDA 50 mSv threshold for consideration of KI.

3. EPA in its action guide is suggesting stakeholder consultation before an accident regarding the recovery stage. What steps have been taken to initiate such meetings and what plans exist for the future?

4. EPA is also suggesting that stakeholder consultation should be a part of recovery planning. Can you advise us on the strengths and weaknesses of such consultation based on EPA experience with superfund proceedings?

5. Does EPA have a list of lessons learned from the Fukushima events?

6. The EPA manual suggests that consideration should be given to separate actions for special populations, such as those in elderly care facilities. For instance, evacuation might be considered at higher doses than for the general population. This raises the question of the caretakers. Is there any guidance available for considering the risks to caretakers in a nuclear emergency, should evacuation not be recommended for a special population?


Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Jan Beyea
Barbara Hamrick
Shelley Hearne
Mike Golay
Frank von Hippel
Jim Matheson

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Report Draft

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: November 19, 2013