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

RSO: Crowley, Kevin

Subject/Focus Area: Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies; International Issues; National Security and Defense


Project Scope
The National Research Council will provide an assessment of lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident for improving the safety and security of nuclear plants in the United States. This assessment will address the following issues: 

1. Causes of the Fukushima nuclear accident, particularly with respect to the performance of safety systems and operator response following the earthquake and tsunami.

2. Re-evaluation of the conclusions from previous NAS studies on safety and security of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste storage, particularly with respect to the safety and security of current storage arrangements and alternative arrangements in which the amount of commercial spent fuel stored in pools is reduced.

3. Lessons that can be learned from the accident to improve commercial nuclear plant safety and security systems and operations.

4. Lessons that can be learned from the accident to improve commercial nuclear plant safety and security regulations, including processes for identifying and applying design basis events for accidents and terrorist attacks to existing nuclear plants.
  
The study may examine policy options related to these issues but should not make policy recommendations that involve non-technical value judgments.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The approximate start date for the project is 03/01/2012.

The report is expected to be issued in early 2014.


 
Project Duration: 27 months    

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Committee Membership

Meetings
 Meeting 1 - 07/18/2012
 Meeting 2 - 09/06/2012
 Meeting 3 - 11/26/2012
 Meeting 4 - 02/07/2013
 Meeting 5 - 03/15/2013
 Meeting 6 - 04/10/2013
 Meeting 7 - 04/11/2013
 Meeting 8 - 04/12/2013
 Meeting 9 - 04/30/2013
 Meeting 10 - 05/03/2013
 Meeting 11 - 05/17/2013
 Meeting 12 - 05/20/2013
 Meeting 13 - 05/23/2013
 Meeting 14 - 06/03/2013
 Meeting 15 - 06/21/2013
 Meeting 16 - 06/24/2013
 Meeting 17 - 07/09/2013
 Meeting 18 - 07/23/2013
 Meeting 19 - 07/29/2013
 Meeting 20 - 07/30/2013
 Meeting 21 - 08/14/2013
 Meeting 22 - 09/03/2013
 Meeting 23 - 09/09/2013
 Meeting 24 - 09/27/2013
 Meeting 25 - 10/02/2013
 Meeting 26 - 10/28/2013
 Meeting 27 - 11/13/2013
 Meeting 28 - 12/03/2013
 Meeting 29 - 12/04/2013
 Meeting 30 - 12/05/2013
 Meeting 31 - 12/13/2013
 Meeting 32 - 12/17/2013
 Meeting 33 - 12/20/2013
 Meeting 34 - 01/08/2014
 Meeting 35 - 01/15/2014
 Meeting 36 - 02/03/2014
 Meeting 37 - 02/06/2014
 Meeting 38 - 06/18/2014
 Meeting 39 - 06/20/2014

Reports

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at the Public Access Records Office