Conference Proceedings Paper
Canada's Response to Fukushima
9th International Conference on CANDU® Maintenance - 2011 December 04-06
Gary W. Newman (Bruce Power)
Significant damage occurred to the six units of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011. As a response to this event, the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) had issued a request to all CANDU® Utilities to provide a documented summary of our ability to address beyond design basis events, as had the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to Canadian nuclear facilities. Based on the extent of the event and impact on all aspects of nuclear power plant design basis, safety standards and operating practices, the Senior Executives in CANDU nuclear facilities decided to work on the response to this event in a joint collaborative manner. To achieve this objective, a CANDU Industry Team (CIT) was created to share information and promote industry collaboration. This team has now completed the initial phase of this event response and provided feedback to both WANO and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. This team has now transitioned to a sustaining mode to ensure that defined activities continue to progress and industry collaboration preserved.
The following documents the progress to date and provides an overview of the CIT activities, lessons learned and a summary of the short and long term steps being taken to implement enhancements to plant mobile support equipment, emergency measures capability and inter-utility mutual aid protocol.
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