A second emergency response center opened in Memphis.
The first emergency response center opened in Phoenix in May. Both centers will be able to deliver complete sets of emergency equipment to nuclear power plants during or after extreme events. Each center houses five full sets of equipment, including portable backup generators, pumps, standardized couplings and hoses. The equipment is meant to supplement backup safety equipment already installed at U.S. nuclear power plants.
The startup cost for each center is about $40 million, with annual operating costs of about $4 million. The costs will be shared by U.S. nuclear power plant operators.
In response to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan, the nuclear industry established a flexible and diverse (FLEX) safety strategy to address key lessons learned from Japan. The industry then established the Strategic Alliance for FLEX Emergency Response team (SAFER) to develop the emergency response centers. The team was led by personnel and services of the Pooled Equipment Inventory Co. and Areva.
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