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Administration of Operating Tests Prior to Initial Criticality (10 CFR SS55.25) (Generic Letter No. 84-10)
UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 April 26, 1984 TO ALL APPLICANTS FOR AN OPERATING LICENSE Gentlemen: Subject: Administration of Operating Tests Prior to Initial Criticality (10 CFR SS55.25) (Generic Letter No. 84-10) This letter is to inform you that all applicants for Reactor Operator (RO) and Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) licenses at facilities prior to initial criticality who have not had extensive actual operating experience at a comparable facility must obtain an exemption to 10 CFR SS55.25(b) if they meet the conditions discussed below pending completion of NRC rulemaking effort identified below. On April 13, 1984, the Commission met to consider the existing staff practice of allowing satisfactory completion of an approved cold license training program as meeting the 10 CFR SS55.25(b) requirement for extensive actual operating experience at a comparable facility. They determined that additional rule-making action was required to clarify the Commission position that satisfactory completion of NRC-approved training programs could be substituted for experience requirements. They directed the Office of the General Counsel to initiate a rulemaking to make 10 CFR SS55.25(b) fully consistent with current staff practice. They also affirmed that operator licenses in effect will remain valid. For future operator licensing actions pending Commission action on the revised rule, the Commission authorized the staff to grant exemptions to the requirements of SS55.25(b) for those individuals who have completed an approved cold license training program for their facility. The program must have included: (a) nuclear fundamentals, including ten reactor startups at a nuclear reactor, (b) observation training on shift at a comparable operating reactor, (c) training on a simulator and (d) training on actual system design of the candidate's plant. No specific exemption request is needed for individuals who have completed a cold license training program that includes all elements. The necessary exemption will be granted as part of the issuance of the operator's license, provided that our records clearly indicate satisfactory completion of a program containing the above elements. Accordingly, until 10 CFR SS55.25(b) is modified as discussed above, applicants should identify those cold license candidates who satisfy the foregoing criteria for candidates whose application is presently before the Commission, a list of those who satisfy the criteria should be furnished promptly to avoid unnecessary delays. For future candidates, this information should be provided along with the individual applications. Specific exemption requests for individuals who have completed cold license training programs that did not include all elements identified above are necessary and shall be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with 8404260428 . -2- the provision of 10 CFR SS55.7. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Don Beckham, Chief, Operator Licensing Branch, (301) 492-4868. This request has been approved by OMB Clearance Number 3150-0018, which expires February 28, 1987. Darrell G. Eisenhut, Director Division of Licensing Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation .
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