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Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan (RPP) (2007 to Present)

On June 1, 2006, the Commission issued a staff requirements memorandum (SRM) directing the staff to improve the RIRIP so that it is an integrated master plan for initiatives designed to help the agency achieve the Commission’s goal of a holistic, risk-informed and performance-based regulatory structure.

In response to that SRM, the staff submitted SECY-06-0217, noting that the improved plan would focus on the NRC's strategic business arenas of reactor safety, materials safety, and waste management. Then, with SECY-07-0074, the staff conveyed its improved plan and noted that its title would change from "RIRIP" to the "Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan" (RPP). In addition, SECY-07-0074 stated that the RPP would provide the following enhancements:

  • Evaluate which initiatives should be continued, which should be retired, and what new initiatives are needed.

  • Perform an effectiveness review of completed initiatives.

  • Provide a database of initiatives on the NRC's public Web site.

For additional information, see the NRC’s current risk-informed activities.

SECY Title Date
07-0191 Implementation and Update of the Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan 10/31/2007
08-0061 Semiannual Update of the Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan 04/30/2008
08-0169 Semiannual Update of the Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan 10/31/2008
09-0159 Annual Update of the Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan 10/27/2009
10-0143 Annual Update of the Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan 10/28/2010
11-0151 Annual Update of the Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan 10/27/2011
12-0149 Annual Update of the Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Plan 10/31/2012
13-0118 Annual Update of the Risk-Informed Activities Public Web Site 11/7/2013
14-0121 Annual Update of the Risk-Informed Activities Public Web Site 10/31/2014

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Additional Information

To learn more about the NRC's path toward risk-informed performance-based regulation, explore the following links:

Date Description
Aug. 1985 Severe Reactor Accidents Regarding Future Designs and Existing Plants
Aug. 1986 Safety Goals for the Operation of Nuclear Power Plants
Aug. 1995 Use of Probabilistic Risk Assessment Methods in Nuclear Regulatory Activities
Jun. 1998 Risk-Informed, Performance-Based and Risk-Informed, Less-Prescriptive Regulation in the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Dec. 1998

Options for Risk-Informed Revisions to 10 CFR Part 50

Jun. 9, 1998 Plans to Increase Performance-Based Approaches in Regulatory Activities (SECY-98-132)
Mar. 1999 White Paper on Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Regulation
Mar. 1999

Framework for Risk-Informed Regulation in the Office of Nuclear Material Security and Safeguards

May 1999 The Role of Defense-in-Depth in a Risk-Informed Regulatory System
Jul. 12, 1999 Plans for Pursuing Performance-Based Initiatives (SECY-99-176)
Feb. 2000 Impediments to the Increased Use of Risk-Informed Regulation
Sept. 1, 2000 High-Level Guidelines for Performance-Based Activities (SECY-00-0191)
Nov. 16, 2001 Status Report on Performance-Based Approaches to Regulation (SECY-01-0205)
Oct. 15, 2002 Status Report on Performance-Based Approaches to Regulation (SECY-02-0186)
Apr. 2007 Update on Improvements to the Risk-Informed Regulation Implementation Plan
Apr. 2012 A proposed Risk Management Regulatory Framework (NUREG-2150)

To request additional information, Contact Us About Risk-Informed, Performance-Based Regulation.

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