Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Environmental Review Process
In November 2006, a task force led by Commissioner Jeffrey S. Merrifield, was formed to explore further efficiencies in the NRC's review of new reactor license applications pursuant to Title 10, Part 52, of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 52). As part of its charter, this task force evaluated the NRC's environmental review process associated with new reactors, and provided options and recommendations for improvements to the process, while maintaining a focus on safety. The task force completed this effort and solicited process improvement recommendations, lessons learned from the early site permit reviews, and best practices from a variety of stakeholders. The task force then issued a Commission Action Memorandum (COM), COMDEK-07-0001/COMJSM-07-0001, in April 2007, outlining recommendations for improvements to the combined license (COL) review process.
In June 2007, the Commission issued a Staff Requirements Memorandum (SRM), SRM-COMDEK-07-0001/COMJSM-07-0001. This SRM included actions for the NRC staff, including a recommendation for the staff to conduct a public meeting to provide an opportunity for industry representatives and other stakeholders to present their views on how to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the environmental review process. This page presents materials related to that meeting.
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Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Environmental Review Process