RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – In the aftermath of Fukushima, RTI International and ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, partnered to deploy a nuclear industry–leading emergency response program.
For this project, Bruce Power, operator of the world's largest operating nuclear facility, requested the help of RTI and ScottMadden to devise and deploy a strategy that would improve emergency response communications and bolster its radiological-monitoring systems.
"We incorporated lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi event to enable Bruce Power's emergency response program to become an industry–leading model for the nuclear industry," said Tony Marimpietri, senior director of Sustainable Business Solutions at RTI.
RTI and ScottMadden helped to formulate and execute a strategy that would allow Bruce Power to take a leadership position within the industry in the post-Fukushima era. The team conducted a gap assessment, designed and deployed a state-of-the-art remote radiological-monitoring system, and customized a centralized, analytical software tool that enabled all responders to access a single version of the truth in the event of an emergency.
The new tools and associated processes significantly reduce the risk of radiation exposure for first responders in the field and diminish the potential for erroneous or conflicting data that could hamper response efforts in a rapidly evolving situation.
"This new analytical dashboard doesn't just aid Bruce Power in an emergency," said Frank Saunders, vice president of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs at Bruce Power. "We are making it available to several key agencies in Ontario. So, we all have access to the same information and can communicate effectively to protect the public during an emergency."
"This new system puts our Emergency Management Center team in the driver's seat," said Dan McArthur, manager of Emergency Management at Bruce Power. "Our employees will have all the information they need at their fingertips to make informed decisions that will keep our community and our workers safe."