2012 New Reactor Program (NUREG/BR-0476)
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Date Published: March 2013
Office of New Reactors
U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
A Message from the Director
The year 2012 was one of significant progress for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) New Reactor Program. The NRC issued its first new reactor licenses in more than 3 decades.
Significant progress was also made in meeting the New Reactor Program's goals in other key areas, including vendor and construction inspections, design certification and combined license (COL) reviews, advanced reactor preparation, and a notable level of international cooperation. Safety remained our top priority as each milestone and accomplishment was achieved.
Since it was created in 2006, the Office of New Reactors (NRO) has continued to actively and fully support the agency's responsibility for ensuring U.S. public health and safety while enabling the safe, secure, and environmentally responsible use of nuclear power in meeting the Nation's future energy needs.
The 2012 New Reactor Program annual review captures the variety of activities completed in the past year. These milestones were achieved through the expertise, hard work, and commitment of the staff dedicated to carrying out the New Reactor Program. Important contributions were made by NRO partner offices supporting the New Reactor Program, including the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Investigations, the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response, the Office of Regulatory Research, the Office of Enforcement, the Office of International Programs, the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, and Region II. This third edition of the annual review is another opportunity to communicate with key internal and external audiences and provide them with information about the 2012 activities of the New Reactor Program.
The New Reactor Program continues to prepare for a changing workload that will shift from licensing large light-water reactors to licensing small modular reactors, preparation for advanced reactor designs and overseeing construction. The Office of New Reactors established the following six goals to direct its efforts in 2013 and beyond: (1) executing oversight of the four AP1000 reactors under construction, (2) implementing the agency's vendor inspection program, (3) developing a plan to transition from construction to operations, (4) completing review of the design certification, combined license, and early site permit applications submitted, (5) establishing the regulatory and technical infrastructure necessary to support the license review and construction oversight of small modular reactors, and (6) preparing the agency for licensing non light-water reactors.
We hope you will find our third annual review a thoughtful compendium of our activities and accomplishments during the past year that were achieved through contributions of staff in NRO and our partner offices. I extend my sincerest thanks to all of them.
Glenn M. Tracy
Office of New Reactors