United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

NRC-DOE Workshop on Advanced Non-Light Water Reactors - April 25-26, 2017

The purpose of the workshop was to explore options for increased efficiency, from both a technical and regulatory perspective, for safely developing and deploying advanced reactors. NRC and DOE staff discussed advanced nuclear reactor concepts and licensing issues with participants including reactor design vendors, suppliers, electric utilities, academia, national labs, non-government organizations, and other federal agencies. The discussions covered both near- and longer-term opportunities to test and demonstrate new concepts, build non-light water reactors, and enhance appropriate licensing processes and guidance.

The workshop included presentations, panel discussions, and structured and open discussions, using a facilitator. The workshop was open to the public.

The workshop was the third in a series of workshops to allow key stakeholders to share perspectives, reach a common understanding, identify potential challenges, and explore opportunities. The workshop focused on exchanging information from the NRC, DOE, and industry on topics such as:

  • Recent NRC and DOE initiatives;
  • Regulatory review process options and safety-focused reviews;
  • Modeling and testing in support of the reactor licensing process; and
  • Reactor vendor licensing strategies and issues.

Workshop Documents

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, August 23, 2017