Standard Review Plan for Fuel Cycle Facilities License Applications —Final Report (NUREG-1520, Revision 2)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2015
Date Published: June 2015

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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NUREG-1520, "Standard Review Plan (SRP) for Fuel Cycle Facilities License Applications" (hereinafter 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. This SRP addresses the longstanding health, safety, and environmental-protection requirements of Title 10, "Energy," 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 accident-safety requirements reflected in Subpart H, "Additional Requirements for Certain Licensees Authorized To Possess a Critical Mass of Special Nuclear Material," of 10 CFR Part 70.

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. Separate chapters of this SRP discuss the major topics addressed within the safety program description of a facility license application, including general information, organization and administration, ISA and ISA summary, radiation protection, nuclear criticality safety, chemical process safety, fire safety, emergency management, environmental protection, decommissioning, management measures, material control and accounting, and physical protection. 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.

The draft SRP was made publicly available for public comment on June 5, 2014, with a comment period ending on November 3, 2014 (79 FR 32579 and 79 FR 45849). A comment resolution table listing all comments and the NRC staff’s responses was made publicly available on March 23, 2015 (Agency Wide Documents Access and Management System Accession No. ML15065A339). 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.

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