NuScale Status in the Regulatory Process
On December 31st, 2016, NuScale submitted the first ever Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Design Certification Application (DCA) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). NuScale’s application consisted of 12,000 pages of technical information. The NRC is expected to take two months to determine if any additional information is required prior to commencing their review. Thereafter, the NRC has targeted completing the certification process within 40 months.
NuScale was a pioneer in pre-application NRC engagement, having begun the process in July 2008. NuScale made over 80 presentations and submitted 15 topical reports to the NRC—engaging the NRC on topics such as safety analysis, nuclear fuel, test programs, seismic analysis, and control room staffing.
While the DCA review process is underway, NuScale expects one or more applicants to file a combined construction and operation license application (COLA) in 2019, allowing the DCA and COLA review processes to proceed on parallel paths. The design ultimately certified by the NRC will be incorporated in each of the COL’s. This supports the likely commercial dates of interest in the marketplace.
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