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History of Rulemaking Activities for Operator Licensing

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The following table summarizes NRC actions to amend the requirements for operator licensing examinations (10 CFR 55.40) and the use of simulators (10 CFR Part 55.31 and 55.45).

Amendments to Operator Licensing Examination Requirements

Description of Amendments Commission
Paper
Federal
Register
Notice

Proposed rule to -

  • require all power reactor facilities to prepare, proctor, and grade written examinations and prepare the operating tests that the NRC uses to evaluate the competence of indiviudals applying for operator licenses

  • require all facility-prepared examinations and test to be reviewed and approved by the NRC
SECY-97-79
04/18/1997
62 FR 42426
08/07/1997
The Final Rule is generally consistent with the original proposal, but it allows, rather than requires, power reactor facility licensees to prepare, proctor, and grade the written examination and to prepare the operating tests SECY-98-266
11/13/1998
64 FR 19868
04/23/1999

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Amendments to Operator Licensing Simulator Requirements

Description of Plan and Amendments Commission
Paper
Federal
Register
Notice

Rulemaking Plan for a proposed rule to—

  • allow the control manipulations required by Section 55.31(a)(5) to be done on the plant or a plant-referenced simulator;

  • revise the simulator certification and testing requirements in Section 55.45(b); and

  • make conforming changes to the definitions and requalification requirements
SECY-99-225
09/08/1999
n/a
Proposed rule consistent with rulemaking plan SECY-00-083
04/12/2000
65 FR 41021
07/03/2000

Final rule consistent with the proposed rule; issued Revision 3 to Regulatory Guide 1.149, "Nuclear Power Plant Simulation Facilities for Use in Operator Training and License Examinations"

SECY-01-125
07/10/2001
66 FR 52657
10/17/2001

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