United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition (NUREG-75/087)

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Date Published: May 1980

Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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The Standard Review Plan (SRP) is prepared for the guidance of staff reviewers in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation in performing safety reviews of applications to construct or operate nuclear power plants. The principal purpose of the SRP is to assure the quality and uniformity of staff reviews, and to present a well-defined base from which to evaluate proposed changes in the scope and requirements of reviews. It is also a purpose of the SRP to make information about regulatory matters widely available and to improve communication and understanding of the staff review process by interested members of the public and the nuclear power industry.

The safety review is primarily based on the information provided by an applicant in a Safety Analysis Report (SAR). Section 50.34 of 10 CFR Part 50 of the Commission's regulations requires that each application for a construction permit for a nuclear facility shall include a Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (PSAR), and that each application for a license to operate such a facility shall include a Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR). The SAR must be sufficiently detailed to permit the staff to determine whether the plant can be built and operated without undue risk to the Health and safety of the public, Prior to submission of an SAR, an applicant should have designed and analyzed the plant in sufficient detail to conclude that it can be built and operated safely. The SAR is the principal document in which the applicant provides the information needed to understand the basis upon which this conclusion has been reached.

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