United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Review of Light Water Reactor Regulatory Requirements: Identification of Regulatory Requirements That May Have Marginal Importance to Risk (NUREG/CR-4330, PNL-5809, Volume 1)

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Manuscript Completed: March 1986
Date Published:
April 1986

Prepared by:
M.F. Mullen, W.B. Scott, W.B. Andrews, W.E. Bickford,
A.J. Boegel, W.W. Little, P.J. Pelto, T.B. Powers
Pacific Northwest Laboratory
P.O. Box 999
Richland, Washington 99352
Operated by Battelle Memorial Institute

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Division of Risk Analysis and Operations
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

In a study commissioned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) identified burdensome light water reactor regulatory requirements that appeared to have marginal importance to risk. PNL obtained industry and NRC input to the identification process through formal interviews and questionnaires. Over 40 regulatory requirements were identified and these are discussed in the report. Based on the information collected, the potential savings in terms of reduced regulatory burdens, both for NRC and the industry, appear to be substantial without compromising public health and safety.

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