The NRC conducted the Industry Trends Program (ITP) from 2001 to 2016 as a way to monitor trends in licensee safety performance using industry-level indicators. In 2016, the NRC eliminated the ITP as part of the agency’s Project Aim re-baselining initiative. The NRC determined that while the ITP provided data that helped validate broad industry performance trends, no regulatory action had ever been identified using ITP insights. In considering the cost of the program, the NRC noted that any negative trends in performance that the ITP might highlight would be self-revealing or identified through other NRC methods, such as routine licensee performance assessments, the Reactor Oversight Process self-assessment program, end-of-cycle assessment meetings, or the NRC’s operating experience program. More details about the elimination of the ITP can be found in SECY-16-0009, "Recommendations Resulting from the Integrated Prioritization and Re-Baselining of Agency Activities."
Results of the ITP
The deleted Inspection Manual Chapter titled "Industry Trends Program" (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System Accession No. ML15316A039), contains details of the ITP including definitions of the monitored indicators and program descriptions.
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Industry Trends Indicator Exceeded