Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

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The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is an organization established in 1979 by the U.S. nuclear power industry in response to recommendations by the Kemeny Commission Report, following the investigation of the Three Mile Island accident.[1] INPO sets industry-wide performance objectives, criteria, and guidelines for nuclear power plant operations that are intended to promote operational excellence and improve the sharing of operational experience between nuclear power plants. INPO is funded entirely by the U.S. nuclear industry.

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INPO conducts plant evaluations at nuclear stations and identifies both strengths and areas for improvement that are intended to be shared with other nuclear stations as a method to share best practices and common weaknesses. The results of INPO plant evaluations are not shared with the public and any related information shared within the nuclear industry does not typically include the name of the plant. INPO assigns a score between one and five to each nuclear site following the evaluation, where an "INPO 1" is the most favorable score, and an "INPO 5" is an indicator of a nuclear station with significant operational problems.

The INPO Advisory Council consists of leading experts from the nuclear industry, as well as others whose expertise is relevant to the safe operation of nuclear power plants. Advisory Council members have included Dr. Edgar H. Schein, a retired MIT professor who is widely credited with inventing the term "corporate culture;" and Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan, a thought leader in organizational development and human performance.

About INPO Headquarters[edit]

The lobby of INPO in Atlanta, GA is centered around a marble pedestal upon which is chiseled the word "EXCELLENCE" with the final E unfinished as a daily reminder to staff of the company's motto that "excellence is never finished."

When viewed from the second floor mezzanine, the lobby floor is designed as an optical illusion giving the appearance that it is a cone-shaped pit with the marble pedestal at the bottom.

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