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A Study of the Implications of Applying Quantitative Risk Criteria in the Licensing of Nuclear Power Plants in the United States (NUREG/CR-2040, BNL-NUREG-51367)

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Manuscript Completed: March 1981
Date Published:
May 1981

Prepared by:
S. Mitra and R.E. Hall
Department of Nuclear Energy
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY 11973

A. Coppola
Grumman Aerospace Corporation

Prepared for:
Methodology and Data Branch
Division of Systems and Reliability Research
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC FIN A-3222

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Abstract

This report describes the results of an investigation into the feasibility of developing and using a set of probabilistic risk criteria to help judge the safety of nuclear power plants. The principal aim of this report was to critically review and examine the implications and ramifications of the various proposals for a numerical risk criterion from a unified viewpoint. Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) performed the investigation for the Methodology and Data Branch of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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