Tag: nuclear safety

The good and the bad in the current nuclear safety situation

In the aftermath of Fukushima disaster, a lot of things have been happening in the nuclear industry. Many nuclear power plants globally were facing stress tests and safety inspections. In June, the European Commission issued a new set of tougher nuclear power safety rules.

And this month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its Nuclear Safety Review 2013, which drew an interesting picture of the current situation in the nuclear power industry.  Read More

European Commission taking nuclear safety to the next level

After conducting stress tests prompted by the 2011 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, the European Commission issued a new set of tougher nuclear power safety rules.

Proposed yesterday, the directive revealed the need for more consistency in assessing and managing nuclear safety threats across the 27-nation EU, according to Washington Post.

With a total of 132 operating reactors in 14 EU Member States, that’s an important step to safer nuclear power in Europe.   Read More

Positive steps toward worldwide nuclear safety

Worldwide nuclear safety requires cooperation and collaboration, and the signs that this is possible are looking good. This week marked the first time an action plan has been unanimously approved by 152 members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Yesterday was the closing day of the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. A total of 117 countries and 13 international organizations met in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. They came together to share knowledge and lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi accident, enhance transparency and discuss the direction of international efforts to strengthen nuclear safety.    Read More

How supercomputing meets the world of safety management

If you’re using technology such as smartphones, tablets and the web to manage safety compliance, chances are you’re conducting inspections and audits or other safety tasks faster than ever before. But even if you’re using the newest devices on the market, you’re moving at the speed of a snail compared to the world’s fastest supercomputer.

Don’t get us wrong, mobile devices are faster than ever. But hey, we’re talking about supercomputers today – and how they’re helping some organizations with safety management work.

This month, a new supercomputer named Titan took the number one spot on the Top 500 List of the world’s fastest supercomputers. We’re tech geeks, so we notice these kinds of things. Titan has over a half a million processors in it, which pretty much means you can’t even compare its speed to a mobile device. But we also like to have fun with the facts… Read More

NEI taking steps to improve nuclear safety

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) recently announced that the industry is developing regional response centers for critical equipment to maintain safety in the event of emergency at one of America’s nuclear energy facilities.

In the aftermath of Fukushima meltdown, threats from natural disasters such as Hurricane Isaac or Hurricane Sandy raise important nuclear safety issues today. And with nuclear power facilities operating in 31 states and providing electricity to every fifth home and business in the U.S., it is reassuring news when organizations in the nuclear industry take steps to foster safety and protection of the public.    Read More

Europe’s nuclear safety in the spotlight

We read about nuclear safety in the news quite often these days, as there are many things going on in the field across the globe. Following the Fukushima disaster, many countries have been addressing safety inspections of nuclear plants and assessing their preparedness for natural disasters or major accidents.

The EU also conducted stress tests covering threats such as accidents from plane crashes, explosions close to atomic plants, in addition to natural disasters…   Read More

When nuclear safety reaches 92% success

It’s always great news when safety inspections have successful results. And given the close attention on nuclear safety around the world in recent years, seeing successful safety performance is encouraging.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently issued mid-cycle assessment letters to 104 operating commercial nuclear power plants. And 96 of those plants, or 92%, were in the two highest performance categories. Great results for such an important and challenging industry.   Read More

How safe are nuclear facilities in hurricane season?

With nuclear safety in the news and Hurricane Isaac cleanup efforts underway, we wondered just how the two issues might relate to each other. How safe are nuclear facilities when it comes to withstanding damage from hurricanes?

It turns out we didn’t have to look too far to find some answers to this question. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has a few great resources covering the issue…  Read More

Deep sea mining safety – present, future and past

A scene from the 1989 film The Abyss, which features deep sea mining as a key part of its plot.

As demand rises for precious metals, materials and resources, it’s fascinating to consider the new approaches and ideas generated in the global mining industry. Just a few weeks ago, we marveled at the mission of a company that plans to make asteroid mining possible with support from the likes of filmmaker James Cameron and tech world leaders from Google and Microsoft.

Today, we’re shifting our view from deep space to deep sea. Stories about the China Ship Scientific Research Centre have been circulating after reports in the South China Morning Post detailed the company’s plan to build a nuclear-powered deep-sea mining station in the Pacific Ocean. Read More

Nuclear safety and the story of Warrior and PackBot

Over the past few weeks, the nuclear safety situation in Japan has continued to get attention around the world. It’s been over a year since the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. And as the world’s largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, the attention on Fukushima will likely continue.

The world is watching as safety considerations play out. Concerns around local faultlines have people asking whether another disaster could happen. The government is fending off criticism from within the country and outside its borders. Industry organizations have concluded Fukushima was a “manmade disaster” and listed faults in the safety systems and decisions that led to the disaster. And public protest surrounds some Japanese nuclear plants as they reactivate for the first time since the disaster.

But amid all the negative stories around nuclear safety in Japan, we’re happy to share a positive one. It’s about Warrior and PackBot. Read More