Fuel Cycle Sub-Arena

The Nation's fuel cycle facilities comprise one of two sub-arenas that the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) identified in considering which areas of the materials safety arena to target for greater use of risk information. This page summarizes the following aspects of this sub-arena with expanding menus:

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List of Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Activities

This list shows the ongoing licensing initiatives, projects, and activities that the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has targeted for greater use of risk information in the Fuel Cycle Facilities Sub-Arena within the Materials Safety Arena:

ANS Standard 57.11, "Integrated Safety Assessments for Fuel Cycle Facilities"

double arrow head (chevron) pointing downward FY 2021 The staff continues to participate in activities to facilitate the completion and issuance of the standard. After issuance, the NRC can endorse the standard with appropriate qualifications and clarifications. The ANS 57.11 working group has selected a new chairperson who is actively seeking to resolve outstanding comments received from the ANS Non-Reactor Nuclear Facility Committee (NRNFC). However, because there is still the potential for continued delays in issuance, if necessary, the staff is prepared to move forward with alternative approaches to enhancing staff review guidance.

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Rulemaking – Cybersecurity for Fuel Cycle Facilities

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Rulemaking for Reprocessing Facilities

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The rulemaking was discontinued due to limited interest expressed or expected from industry to submit an application for any type of facility involving reprocessing technologies in the near-term. Considering the cost to complete the rulemaking, the NRC concluded that it was not warranted. Federal Register Notice 86 FR 40764 (July 29, 2021).

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Building Smarter Fuel Cycle Licensing and Inspection Programs

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See Summary Description

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, February 03, 2022