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Policy Issues Associated with Licensing Advanced Reactor Designs

Over the years, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has identified specific policy issues associated with licensing advanced, non-light-water (non-LWR) and LWR reactor designs. These issues are discussed in the documents and public workshop materials assembled on this page:

For additional information, see Commission Policy Documents Related to New Reactors.

Commission Papers and Staff Requirements Memoranda

The following table presents a chronological listing of Commission (SECY) papers and staff requirements memoranda (SRMs) related to licensing advanced reactor designs, with the most recent first.

SECY Title SRM
Memo 06/20/14 Status of Mechanistic Source Term Policy Issue for Small Modular Reactors N/A
Memo 01/30/14 Update Regarding Recommendations for Use of Risk Insights for Small Modular Reactor Reviews N/A
13-0124 Policy Options for Merchant (Non-Electric Utility) Plant Financial Qualifications N/A
Memo 05/30/13 Current Status of the Source Term and Emergency Preparedness Policy Issues for Small Modular Reactors N/A
Memo 03/27/13 Staff Assessment of the Manufacturing License Requirements Issue for Small Modular Reactors N/A
Memo 12/29/11 Status of Staff Activities to Address Mechanistic Source Term Methodology and Its Application to Small Modular Reactors N/A
11-0184 Security Regulatory Framework for Certifying, Approving, and Licensing Small Modular Reactors N/A
11-0181 Decommissioning Funding Assurance for Small Modular Reactors N/A
11-0178 Insurance and Liability Regulatory Requirements for Small Modular Reactors N/A
Memo 02/07/11 Resolution of Issue Regarding Variable Annual Fee Structure for Small and Medium Sized Nuclear Power Reactors N/A
11-0156 Feasibility of Including Risk Information in Categorizing Structures, Systems, and Components as Safety-Related and Non Safety-Related 05/11/11
11-0152 Development of an Emergency Planning and Preparedness Framework for Small Modular Reactors N/A
11-0112 Staff Assessment of Selected Small Modular Reactor Issues Identified in SECY-10-0034 N/A
11-0098 Operator Staffing for Small or Multi-Module Nuclear Power Plant Facilities N/A
11-0079 License Structure for Multi-Module Facilities Related to Small Modular Nuclear Power Reactors N/A
11-0024 Use of Risk Insights to Enhance the Safety Focus of Small Modular Reactor Reviews 08/31/10
10-0034 Potential Policy, Licensing, and Key Technical Issues for Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Designs N/A
09-0137 Next Steps for Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Variable Annual Fee Structure for Power Reactors 10/13/09
09-0064 Regulation of Fusion-Based Power Generation Devices 07/16/09
09-0056 Staff Approach Regarding a Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Revision to Part 50 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Developing a Policy Statement on Defense-in-Depth for Future Reactors N/A
08-0152 Final Rule- Consideration of Aircraft Impact for New Nuclear Power Reactors (RIN 3150-AI19) 02/17/09
08-0134 Regulatory Structure for Spent Fuel Reprocessing 06/27/07
08-0130 Update Policy Statement on Regulation of Advanced Reactors 03/26/08
07-0167 Revision of Policy Statement on Regulation of Advanced Reactors 03/26/08
07-0101 Staff Recommendations Regarding a Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Revision to 10 CFR Part 50 (RIN 3150-AH81) 09/10/27
07-0074 Update on the Improvements to the Risk-Informed Regulation Implementation Plan N/A
06-0217 Improvement to and Update of the Risk-Informed Regulation Implementation Plan N/A
06-0099 Energy Policy Act of 2005 Implementation Status N/A
06-0007 Staff Plan to Make a Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Revision to 10 CFR Part 50 06/01/06
05-0006 Second Status Paper on the Staff's Proposed Regulatory Structure for New Plant Licensing and Update on Policy Issues Related to New Plant Licensing N/A
05-0006 Appendices Appendix A: Guidance for the Formulation of Performance-Based Requirements N/A
04-0157 Status of Staff's Proposed Regulatory Structure for New Plant Licensing and Potentially New Policy Issues N/A
03-0059 NRC's Advanced Reactor Research Program N/A
03-0047 Policy Issues Related to Licensing Non-Light-Water Reactor Designs 06/26/03
02-0139 Plan for Resolving Policy Issues Related to Licensing Non-Light Water Reactor Designs N/A
01-0207 Legal and Financial Issues Related to Exelon's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) N/A
01-0188 Future Licensing and Inspection Readiness Assessment N/A
01-0007 Plan for Preapplication Activities on the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) 06/19/01
Draft SECY Licensing Approach for Exelon's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor N/A

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, August 22, 2014