United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Power Uprates

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Status Reports on Power Uprates:

SRM-13-0070 (08/01/2013)
SECY-13-0070 (06/25/2013)
SECY-12-0084 (06/15/2012)
SECY-11-0071 (05/25/2011)
SECY-10-0070 (05/20/2010)
SECY-09-0078 (05/20/2009)
SECY-08-0078 (06/03/2008)
SECY-07-0090 (06/04/2007)
SECY-06-0136 (06/09/2006)
SECY-05-0098 (06/02/2005)
SECY-04-0104 (06/24/2004)
SECY-03-0190 (11/03/2003)


Effectiveness and Efficiency Plan for Power Uprates (SECY 02-0115), June 27, 2002

Review of ACRS Recommendation for the Staff to Develop a Standard Review Plan for Power Uprate Reviews (SECY 02-0106), June 14, 2002

Status Update on Power Uprate Reviews, March 4, 2002

Power Uprate Application Reviews (SECY 01-0124), July 9, 2001

Proposed No Significant Hazards Consideration Determinations for Amendments to Increase Rated Thermal Power for Nuclear Power Reactors (SECY 01-0142), July 27, 2001

NRC regulates the maximum power level at which a commercial nuclear power plant may operate. This power level is used, with other data, in many of the licensing analyses that demonstrate the safety of the plant. This power level is included in the license and technical specifications for the plant. NRC controls any change to a license or technical specification, and the licensee may only change these documents after NRC approves the licensee's application for change. The process of increasing the maximum power level at which a commercial nuclear power plant may operate is called a power uprate.

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