MSRR – Abilene Christian University Application

image of MSRR – Abilene Christian University Application Who:   Abilene Christian University (ACU)
What:   Application for a construction permit for a molten salt research reactor (MSRR)
When:   August 12, 2022 (date of application submittal)
Where:   Abilene, Texas

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Project Overview

The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is currently engaged in review activities of the Molten Salt Research Reactor (MSRR) construction permit application. ACU’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory (NEXT Lab) mission is to provide global solutions to the world’s need for energy, water and medical isotopes by advancing the technology of molten salt reactors while educating future leaders in nuclear science and engineering.

Plant Characteristic Description
Reactor Type Low-power molten salt research reactor to support academic research.
Containment Type Functional containment (See SECY-18-0096 for a description of functional containment.)
Power Level Up to 1 MWth (The research reactor will not produce electricity.)
Fuel High Assay Low Enriched Uranium (HALEU) dissolved in Flibe salt.

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Key Milestones

Key Milestones Completion Date
Actual - A
Target - T
Safety Review
Draft Safety Evaluation - Safety evaluation sections drafted and information gaps identified. 07/08/2024 - A
Advanced Safety Evaluation - Safety evaluation sections completed and assembled. 08/16/2024 - T
Final Safety Evaluation - Final safety evaluation updated and issued. 09/30/2024 - T
Environmental Review
Initial Environmental Assessment 11/30/2023 - A
Environmental Assessment 03/14/2024 - A

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Contacts for the MSRR – Abilene Christian University Application
Safety Project Managers Richard Rivera

Edward Helvenston
Environmental Project Managers Patricia Vokoun

Joseph Giacinto
Public Affairs Officer Scott Burnell

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