U.S. nuclear plant operators will acquire more equipment to help address potential emergencies that affect off-site power, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. "The additional portable equipment will provide power and water to maintain three key safety functions in the absence of AC power and heat transfer capability from permanently installed safety systems," said Tony Pietrangelo, NEI's senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. Containment integrity, used-fuel-pool cooling and reactor-core cooling are the key functions, Pietrangelo said.

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