US simulations failed to reproduce Fukushima-like scenarios – Something was missing

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

JAPAN’S FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI ET AUDIO FILE

Saturday, March 12, 2011


MR. JOHNSON: Bill, this is Mike Johnson.

Do we know what the U.S. nuclear industry is doing, if anything?

MR. BORCHARDT: They have a conference call, I think organized by NEI, or I think it was NEI, earlier this afternoon.

I think basically, it’s just monitoring.

The one specific thing I’m aware of is that Exelon was requested to run some simulator runs, because of some plants that Exelon has, that are similar vintage to the affected plants in Japan.

The results of those simulator runs, I don’t have, and I’m not sure what the status of that is, but that’s all that I know of.

MALE PARTICIPANT: The only other thing we heard was that they were doing a couple of things with their earlier call. It was to have some coordination within the industry, if they were to provide resources upon request.

They had no requests, at this time, and then the other thing they were doing was just making
MR. BORCHARDT: Okay.

MR. SATORIUS: Bill, it’s Mark Satorius.

I know that they were contacted through General Electric, who had had field representatives over in Japan, and had gotten back to the corporate offices here in the United States, and because of the similarities, GE contacted Exelon directly and were
running those simulators.

And I don’t think they were conclusive, because they didn’t have all the right data to start the simulators on.

MR. BORCHARDT: Okay.

MALE PARTICIPANT: It turned out, I was aware of that, those simulator runs, and they basically confirmed the existing information.

They couldn’t recreate the indications that were being reported to press.

Something was missing and we’ve had some today, that demonstrated some information from this.

MR. BORCHARDT: Okay, all right. Any other questions?


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