Full Title: Fukushima Daiichi: ANS Committee Report
Author(s): American Nuclear Society
Publisher(s): American Nuclear Society
Publication Date: 6/2012



In April 2011, Joe Colvin, American Nuclear Society (ANS) president at the time, formed the American Nuclear Society Special Committee on Fukushima (the Committee) to provide a clear and concise explanation of what happened during the Fukushima Daiichi accident and offer recommendations based upon both the technological and the public communications lessons learned from the event. The ANS leadership understood that sharing the lessons learned from the events of Fukushima Daiichi is important and that embracing such communications must become part of the professional culture of ANS. In this way the leadership not only serves its members’ interests but also fulfills its professional obligation to advance nuclear safety.

The Committee’s recommendations are generally consistent with the regulatory issues raised by national and international bodies. The Committee also focused on key technical issues that would underpin and specific set of regulatory actions.

The Committee found that no aspect of the Fukushima Daiichi accident indicates a priori that the level of safety of nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the United States is unacceptable. Indeed, the Committee agrees with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that the current level of safety provides adequate protection to the health and safety of the U.S. public.