Small modular nuclear reactor completes nuclear regulatory review



The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the first and most intensive phase of review for NuScale Power’s design certification application (DCA). This is the first and only small modular reactor (SMR) application to ever undergo NRC review. The NRC is expected to certify the reactor’s design, and the company’s first customer, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, is planning a 12-module SMR plant in Idaho slated for operation by the mid-2020s based on this certified design. During the 115 000 hours the NRC spent reviewing the DCA, it issued far fewer requests for additional information compared to other design certification applications, demonstrating the simplicity of the design and quality of the application.

Contact Mariam Nabizad, Nu Scale Power, mnabizad@nuscalepower.com

 

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