Standard Review Plan for the Review of a License Application for a Fuel Cycle Facility —Final Report (NUREG-1520, Revision 1)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2010
Date Published: May 2010

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards

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NUREG-1520, “Standard Review Plan (SRP) for the Review of a License Application for a Fuel Cycle Facility” (hereafter referred to as the SRP) provides guidance to the staff reviewers in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards who perform safety and environmental impact reviews of applications to construct or modify and operate nuclear fuel cycle facilities. The SRP is intended to be a comprehensive and integrated document that provides the reviewer with guidance that describes methods or approaches that the staff has found acceptable for meeting NRC requirements. As such, this SRP ensures the quality, uniformity, and predictability of the staff reviews. This SRP also makes information about licensing acceptance criteria widely available to interested members of the public and the regulated industry and is intended to improve industry and public stakeholder understanding of the staff review process. Each SRP section addresses the responsibilities of the staff reviewers, the matters that they review the Commission's regulations pertinent to specific technical matters, the acceptance criteria used by the staff, the process and procedures used to accomplish the review, and the conclusions that are appropriate to summarize the review.

This SRP also addresses the long-standing health, safety, and environmental protection requirements of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 20, “Standards for Protection against Radiation,” and 10 CFR Part 70, “Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear Material,” as well as the amended accident safety requirements reflected in 10 CFR Part 70 Subpart H, “Additional Requirements for Certain Licensees Authorized To Possess a Critical Mass of Special Nuclear Material.”

Subpart H of 10 CFR Part 70 identifies risk-informed performance requirements and requires applicants and existing licensees to conduct an integrated safety analysis (ISA) and submit an ISA Summary, as well as other information. Chapters 3 (ISA and ISA Summary) and 11 (management measures) of this SRP are the primary chapters that address the staff's review in relation to the performance and other related requirements of Subpart H.

This SRP is not a substitute for NRC regulations and compliance is not required. The approaches and methods in this report are provided for information only. Methods and solutions different from those described in this report will be acceptable if they provide a basis for the staff to make the determination needed to issue or continue a license.

This SRP focuses on safety and environmental impact reviews. The review criteria applicable to the safeguards sections of license applications are published in NUREG -1280, “Standard Format and Content Acceptance Criteria for the Material Control and Accounting (MC&A) Reform Amendment: 10 CFR Part 74, Subpart E,” issued April 1995, and NUREG-1065, “Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control (FNMC) Plan Required for Low-Enriched Uranium Facilities,” issued December 1995.

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