United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

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Nuclear Reactors COVID-19 Activities:
10 CFR Part 20 | 10 CFR Part 26 | 10 CFR 50.48 | 10 CFR 50.55a Codes & Standards | Owner's Activity Reports | 10 CFR Part 55 | 10 CFR Part 73 | Research & Test Reactors | Resident Inspectors | Licensing Actions

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10 CFR Part 55 Operators' Licenses

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  • Reliable operator performance is essential to safe nuclear power plant operations. Providing limited operator licensing flexibility that maintains safety during the COVID-19 pandemic helps ensure safe and reliable electric power during a national emergency.

  • NRC's April 14 letter provides criteria covering COVID-19 related exemption requests from reactor operator licensing requirements (10 CFR Part 55) related to (1) requalification program scheduling, (2) licensed operator active status for research and test reactors, and (3) biennial medical examinations of licensed operators and senior operators.

  • The April 14 letter describes compensatory measures during the period of exemption for training and evaluations of operator knowledge, skills, and abilities that do not conflict with practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Operators' Licenses Exemptions

Plant Utility Received Issued
Hope Creek PSEG Nuclear, LLC. 05/04/2020 05/07/2020
Salem PSEG Nuclear, LLC. 05/04/2020 05/07/2020

Related Communication

  • On April 14, 2020, the NRC issued a letter to outline the process by which the NRC is prepared to grant temporary exemptions from Part 55 requirements related to the 24-month requalification program, RTR proficiency, and biennial medical examinations.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, May 13, 2020