Current Licensing Reviews of New Reactors

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) protects the health and safety of the public and the environment by regulating the design, siting, construction, and operation of new commercial nuclear power facilities. The NRC reviews applications submitted by prospective licensees, and issues standard design certifications, early site permits, limited work authorizations, construction permits, operating licenses, and combined licenses.

The NRC is currently engaged in review activities for the project listed below.  For more information on the specific licensing interaction click the link below.

  • Who: NuScale Power, LLC (NuScale)
  • Licensing Activities
  • What: Application for a Standard Design Approval for a small modular reactor (US460)
  • When: By letter dated December 31, 2022 (electronically submitted on January 1, 2023), NuScale completed its staged SDA application submittal.
  • Applicant Page 
  • Lead Project Manager: Getachew Tesfaye (