United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Application Documents for the NuScale Design

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) considers public involvement in, and information about, our activities to be a cornerstone of strong, fair regulation of the nuclear industry. As such, the NRC believes that nuclear regulation should be transacted as openly and candidly as possible to maintain and enhance the public's confidence. Ensuring appropriate openness explicitly recognizes that the public must be informed about, and have a reasonable opportunity to participate meaningfully in, the NRC's regulatory processes. Toward that end, this page provides access to documents and correspondence with NuScale related to the design certification application activities regarding the NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) design.

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Design Certification Application

The applicant submitted its design certification application in 10 "Parts" as listed in the table below.

The applicant's final safety analysis report (FSAR) - Part 2 of the application - provides information to support the NRC's approval and certification of the standard NuScale SMR design, under the provisions of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 52 (10 CFR Part 52), "Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants." The FSAR is divided into two "Tiers:"

  • The Tier 1 material, which is derived from the more-detailed Tier 2 documents, provides high-level information on the plant design. As such, it includes the principal performance characteristics and safety functions of the plant's structures, systems, and components (SSCs). It also includes inspections, tests, analyses, and acceptance criteria (ITAAC) to provide reasonable assurance that the as-built plant will operate in conformance with the combined license (COL), the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act, and applicable NRC regulations. In addition, the Tier 1 documents identify significant site parameters and requirements for significant interfaces between the standard NuScale SMR design and those aspects of the plant design that are site-specific.

  • The Tier 2 documents provide more detailed information on the plant design. This information is to be approved, but not certified, by the NRC.

Part Chapter Title Revision
1   General and Financial Information Rev. 0
2   Final Safety Analysis Report  
Tier 1
1-5 Introduction; Unit Specific SSC Design Descriptions and ITAAC; Shared SSC and Non-SSC Design Descriptions and ITAAC; Interface Requirements; Site Parameters Rev. 0
Tier 2
1 Introduction and General Description of the Plant Rev. 0
2 Site Characteristics and Site Parameters Rev. 0
3 Design of Structures, Systems, Components and Equipment Rev. 0
4 Reactor Rev. 0
5 Reactor Coolant System and Connecting Systems Rev. 0
6 Engineered Safety Features Rev. 0
7 Instrumentation and Controls Rev. 0
8 Electric Power Rev. 0
9 Auxiliary Systems Rev. 0
10 Steam and Power Conversion System Rev. 0
11 Radioactive Waste Management Rev. 0
12 Radiation Protection Rev. 0
13 Conduct of Operations Rev. 0
14 Initial Test Program and Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria Rev. 0
15 Transient and Accident Analyses Rev. 0
16 Technical Specifications Rev. 0
17 Quality Assurance and Reliability Assurance Rev. 0
18 Human Factors Engineering Rev. 0
19 Probabilistic Risk Assessment and Severe Accident Evaluation Rev. 0
20 Mitigation of Beyond-Design-Basis Events Rev. 0
21 Multi-Module Design Considerations Rev. 0

Applicants Environmental Report - Standard Design Certification

The applicant's environmental report presents an evaluation of severe accident mitigation design alternatives (SAMDA) for the NuScale SMR design. This evaluation addresses the costs and benefits of the SAMDA, as well as the bases for not incorporating the SAMDA in the NuScale SMR design.

Rev. 0
4   Generic Technical Specifications Rev. 0
5   Emergency Plans Rev. 0
6   Security Plans Rev. 0
7   Exemptions Rev. 0
8   License Conditions; Inspections, Tests, Analyses & Acceptance Criteria (ITAAC) Rev. 0
9   Withheld Information Rev. 0
10   Quality Assurance Program Description Rev. 0

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Applicant Documents

This section lists, in chronological order, the years in which the applicant submitted documents to support the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff's review of the application. You may click on a year in the list below to see a listing of the documents that were submitted in that year.

2000s: 2017 | 2016

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NRC Documents

This section lists, in chronological order, the years in which the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sent documents to the applicant in association with the application. You may click on a year in the list below to see a listing of the documents that were sent in that year.

2000s: 2017

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, April 13, 2017