U.S. Nuclear Plant Safety Planning: No Better than Japan’s?16 Feb

My blog post of February 9, 2012 noted that the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire poses a serious safety risk regarding onsite storage of spent fuel rods and a degraded concrete foundation. These observations, coupled with recent headline accounts, do not inspire confidence in U.S. nuclear plant safety.

Regarding U.S. nuclear safety, The Hill reported, “A federal report recommending a suite of new safety measures at the country’s nuclear power plants lacks ‘rigorous analysis,’ the nuclear industry said. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the industry’s national trade group, faulted the 90-day report released by a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) task force last week for not including a detailed analysis of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant.”

According to the Associated Press, “Japan’s nuclear safety chief said Wednesday the country’s regulations are flawed, outdated and below global standards, and he apologized for their failure when a tsunami crippled one plant last year. Haruki Madarame admitted Japanese safety requirements such as for tsunami and power losses were too loose and many officials have looked the other way and tried to avoid changes.”

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About Dr. Everson

Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.

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