Office of New Reactors
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- Office of New Reactors
- Program Management, Policy Development and Analysis Staff
- Division of Engineering, Infrastructure, and Advanced Reactors
- Division of New Reactor Licensing
- Division of Site Safety and Environmental Analysis
- Division of Safety Systems and Risk Assessment
- Division of Construction Inspection and Operational Programs
Director: Vonna Ordaz (Acting)
Deputy Director: Michael Mayfield (Acting)
Responsible for accomplishing key components of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's nuclear reactor safety mission for new reactor facilities licensed in accordance with 10 CFR Part 52. As such, NRO is responsible for regulatory activities in the primary program areas of siting, licensing and oversight for new commercial nuclear power reactors, to protect the public health, safety, and the environment and to promote the common defense and security. Works with the regions and other offices to accomplish the agency mission.
Program Management, Policy Development and Analysis Staff
Director: Frederick Miller
Deputy Director: Deborah Johnson
Provides oversight and support to the Office of New Reactors in the areas of administrative services, human capital management, information management, financial management, acquisition management, and to the New Reactor Business Line in the areas of performance management and internal controls.
Division of Engineering, Infrastructure, and Advanced Reactors
Deputy Director: Robert Caldwell
Deputy Director: Deborah Jackson
Performs engineering-related safety reviews of new reactor applications for design certification, combined licenses, construction oversight, and pre-application activities. Provides technical expertise to support regional activities, special projects, international programs, rulemaking, regulatory, and policy activities. Reviews may be performed in support of topical reports, consensus standard changes, or new reactor designs.
Leads, manages, and facilitates advanced reactor projects and the development of policy, rulemaking, and guidance for all activities involving the licensing of new and advanced reactor nuclear power plants. Leads stakeholder interactions on issues pertaining to new and advanced reactor policy, rulemaking and guidance. Manages the internal guidance developed to support the licensing process. Acts as liaison with other offices for other rulemakings.
Supports project management activites associated with planning and scheduling for licensing reviews of new reactors. Provides oversight and support of information management and technology including strategies for implementation, large-scale project management tools, schedule and resource planning and tracking, and organizational process improvements.
Division of New Reactor Licensing
Director: Francis Akstulewicz
Deputy Director: Anna Bradford
Leads, manages, and facilitates design certification application reviews, early site permit application reviews, combined license application reviews, and new reactor pre-application activities associated with large, light-water reactors and small modular reactors. Responsible for the project management (safety and environmental) of these applications. Develops and maintains the necessary technical and programmatic support for new reactor licensing activities, interaction with stakeholders on issues pertaining to large, light-water reactors, and small modular reactors and issuance of design certifications and combined licenses.
Division of Site Safety and Environmental Analysis
Director: Scott Flanders
Deputy Director: Andrew Campbell
Responsible for the environmental portion of early site permit and COL application reviews. Develops and maintains the necessary regulatory infrastructure to support issuance of ESPs. Responsible for interactions with stakeholders on issues related to ESP activities including Congress, the Commission, ACRS, applicants, and other stakeholders.
Division of Safety Systems and Risk Assessment
Director: John Monninger
Deputy Director: James Danna (Acting)
Performs technical reviews focused on safety-related and non-safety-related systems (e.g. containment, ventilation, and balance of plant), probabilistic risk assessment (PRA), technical specifications, design basis and severe accidents, core physics, and core thermal hydraulic performance for new and advanced reactor plant designs, license applications and amendments, and construction oversight. DSRA provides technical support and expertise for special projects, programs, and policy activities; and develops and implements policies and guidance for the use of PRA and associated analyses in regulatory decision making for new and advanced reactors.
Division of Construction Inspection and Operational Programs
Director: Michael Cheok
Deputy Director: Paul Krohn
Develops policy and provides overall program management and planning for the construction inspection program for new commercial nuclear power plants. Coordinates with Region II, the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, and other offices on program implementation, including licensee performance assessment, allegations, and enforcement activities. Implements programs and procedures to systematically assess and coordinate the follow-up of construction related issues, and recommends corrective plant-specific and generic actions. Develops and implements the quality assurance and vendor inspection programs, and reviews the quality assurance programs at vendors, fabricators, applicants, and construction licensees. Develops policies and guidance and implements the national program for the licensing of new nuclear reactor operators. Develops programs and conducts reviews to ensure the effective consideration of human factors engineering in new nuclear power plant design and operation. Assesses the adequacy of facility personnel training programs and emergency operating procedures.