Small Modular Reactors (LWR designs)

The NRC refers to light water reactor (LWR) designs generating 300 MWe or less as small modular reactors (SMRs). The NRC has engaged in varying degrees of pre-application activities with several SMR designers over the past several years. In August of 2020, the NRC approved a design for an SMR from NuScale Power, LLC.

RULEMAKING AND GUIDANCE

Infrastructure needed to support a risk informed, technology-inclusive regulatory framework for small modular reactor licensing.

LICENSING ACTIVITIES

Current licensing and pre-application activities for small modular reactor technologies.

POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Development and revisions of policies regarding the review of small modular reactor technologies.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, September 19, 2022