As the Japan nuclear emergency continues into its third week, the NRC continues both to monitor the important events taking place across the Pacific and continue pursuing our ongoing responsibilities.
The NRC’s headquarters-based Operations Center continues to be staffed 24 hours a day with experts in nuclear reactors and protective measures, among others. NRC staffers who are part of a team in Japan continue to provide whatever assistance is requested, with some members of the team returning to the U.S. and fresh experts joining the team.
Today, NRC Chairman Jaczko arrived in Tokyo for a meeting with senior Japanese government and TEPCO officials. Afterwards, the Embassy in Tokyo issued a statement in which Jaczko said:
“Our nuclear experts are working closely with their Japanese counterparts, and we both continue to share expert analysis as we move forward to address this challenge. I reconfirmed in my meetings that we are prepared to provide any assistance we can in the days to come. The unprecedented challenge before us remains serious and our best experts remain fully engaged to help Japan address the situation.”
Meanwhile, the NRC issued its final supplemental environmental impact statement for a limited work authorization and the combined licenses for the proposed Vogtle Units 3 and 4 reactors. The press release can be found online.
And later this week, NRC staff will meet with representatives of the nuclear power industry to discuss issues with buried and underground piping at nuclear power plants. The public can participate through an audio bridge. The meeting notice is available online.
For the past two weeks the focus of this blog has been exclusively on Japan-related issues. Tomorrow, we’re transitioning back to our regular official bloggers, who will resume writing about the many different things this agency does. I will write about Japan-related activities when it’s warranted.
Come back this week for posts on an award we received for our support of minority engineers and a word from the NRC historian.Eliot Brenner Public Affairs Director