United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

TH32  License Renewal-Perspectives on Current and Subsequent License Renewal, Part 2 of 2 (Double Session with TH23)

The NRC Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) Division of License Renewal (DLR), the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) Division of Engineering (DE), a regional representative, industry stakeholders, and international participants will hold a joint panel session to discuss issues involving current license renewal and topics related to subsequent license renewal. The joint panel will be conducted in two sessions.  NRR DLR will lead Part 1; RES DE will lead Part 2.

Part 2—Status of Current Research in Support of Subsequent License Renewal (RES DE)

Nuclear power plant licensees are currently considering applying for a second license renewal to operate from 60 to 80 years. Both the NRC and industry have ongoing activities toward the development of technical bases for long-term safe operation. Where appropriate, the staff is collaborating with domestic and international groups to ensure the timely exchange of information. Additionally, the staff recently conducted audits to review the implementation of aging management programs and assess the need for any revisions to those programs to address subsequent renewals. Furthermore, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, the staff is completing the Expanded Materials Degradation Assessment, which seeks to identify potential vulnerabilities associated with the long term operation of components within the primary and secondary systems, as well as cables and electrical components and concrete structures. This session will include the perspectives of NRR and industry and related RES and Electric Power Research Institute activities.


Michael Case, Director, Division of Engineering, NRC/RES



Greg Oberson, Materials Engineer, Division of Engineering, NRC/RES, tel: 301-251-7675, e-mail: Greg.Oberson@nrc.gov

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