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Review and Evaluation of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Safety Research Program: A Report to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NUREG-1635, Volume 9)

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Manuscript Completed: April 2010
Date Published:
June 2010

Advisory Committee on Reactors Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

This report to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) presents the observations and recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) concerning the NRC Safety Research Program being carried out by the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. In its evaluation of the NRC research activities, the ACRS considered the programmatic justification for the research as well as the technical approaches and progress of the work. The evaluation identifies research crucial to the NRC mission. This report does not address the research being done at NRC on issues of reactor security or the threat of sabotage. The ACRS views on current work in the area of security have been reported in separate documents. Two pertinent, interdisciplinary efforts, the State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence Analyses (SOARCA) Project and the study of sump screen blockage are not addressed in this report. These projects are actively followed by the Committee. The ACRS has been providing interim reports on the technical approach and progress of these activities.

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