United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Clinch River Site Early Site Permit (ESP) Application

Project Overview

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) intends to submit an Early Site Permit Application (ESPA) for two or more small modular reactor (SMR) modules (up to 800 MWe, 2420 MWt) at the Clinch River Nuclear (CRN) site to the NRC for review in the second quarter of NRC fiscal year (FY) 2016 (first quarter of calendar year (CY) 2016). The application will use the Plant Parameter Envelope (PPE) approach, by which an applicant provides sufficient bounding parameters and characteristics of the reactor or reactors, and the associated facilities, so that assessments of site safety and environmental suitability can be made by NRC.

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Letters and Other Pre-Application Correspondence

The following table provides access to letters and other pre-application correspondence between TVA and NRC regarding the possible licensing and construction of SMR modules at the TVA Clinch River Site.

Date Description
03/23/11 TVA Voluntary Response to NRC Regulatory Issue Summary 2011-02, "Licensing Submittal Information and Design Development Activities for Small Modular Reactor Designs."
01/31/11 Letter from NRC Michael R. Johnson, Director, Office of New Reactors, to TVA, Staff Response to the TVA Key Assumptions Letters For the Possible Licensing and Construction of SMR modules at the Clinch River Site.
12/30/10 TVA Voluntary Response to NRC Regulatory Issue Summary 2010-01, "Process for Scheduling Acceptance Reviews of New Reactor Licensing Applications for Determining Budget Needs for Fiscal Year 2012."
12/22/10 Tennessee Valley Authority - Addendum to the Key Assumptions Letter for the Possible Licensing and Construction of Small Modular Reactor Modules at the Clinch River Site.
12/14/10 Clinch River SMR - Key Assumptions Slides from 12/14/2010 Public Meeting with TVA.
12/01/10 Letter from NRC Michael E. Mayfield, Director, Division of Advanced Reactors, to TVA, NRC Staff Questions Related to TVA Key Assumptions Letter, Dated November 5, 2010.
11/05/10 Tennessee Valley Authority - Key Assumptions Letter for the Possible Licensing and Construction of Small Modular Reactor Modules at the Clinch River Site.

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Regulatory Framework Development

As described in TVA's letters dated November 5, 2010 and December 22, 2010, TVA plans to use its Regulatory Framework Process to identify and resolve gaps that exist between older regulatory guidance associated with Part 50 licensing of a new nuclear facility, and the current regulatory requirements. As this framework evolves, this page will be updated.

Date Description
01/24/12

Fourth TVA Clinch River Project Regulatory Framework Workshop

11/30/11

Third TVA Clinch River Project Regulatory Framework Workshop

11/03/11

Second TVA Clinch River Project Regulatory Framework Workshop

09/20/11

First TVA Clinch River Project Regulatory Framework Workshop

12/14/10

Public Meeting with TVA to Discuss Plans for Clinch River Site

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