Assessing the Risk of Natural Phenomena for Nuclear Energy Facilities

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Nuclear experts to meet at the American Nuclear Society Winter Conference to discuss lessons learned and options for moving forward.

The American Nuclear Society conference will convene a dialogue among international experts about planning for natural events—like hurricanes and earthquakes—to share lessons learned and maximize public safety in and around nuclear energy facilities.

The accident at Fukushima Daiichi had many people on edge as Hurricane Sandy approached the east coast of the United States. Nuclear energy facilities in the storm’s path remained safe. The thoughts and prayers of American Nuclear Society (ANS) members are with those who have suffered tragic losses due to the severe storms.

The nuclear science and technology community is constantly innovating to meet challenges associated with natural phenomena. At the upcoming semi-annual conference of the American Nuclear Society, nuclear experts will discuss lessons learned and options for moving forward during the conference’s embedded international meeting on Severe Accident Assessment and Management: Lessons Learned from Fukushima Daiichi. The conference allows ANS to convene a dialogue among international experts about planning for natural events—like hurricanes and earthquakes—to improve procedures and maximize public safety in and around nuclear energy facilities.

Conference attendees will drill down on numerous issues, including assessing risk, exploring current and potential approaches to managing natural phenomena, and planning for public communications during the event.

Subject matter experts will be available for interview.

Established in 1954, ANS is a professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its nearly 12,000 members come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences. They are advancing the application of these technologies to improve the lives of the world community through national and international enterprise within government, academia, research laboratories and private industry.

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