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The United States of America National Report for the Convention on Nuclear Safety: Seventh National Report, October 2016 (NUREG-1650, Revision 6)

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Manuscript Completed: August 2016
Date Published
: October 2016

Prepared by:
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO)

Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has prepared Revision 6 to NUREG-1650, "The United States of America Seventh National Report for the Convention on Nuclear Safety," for submission for peer review at the seventh review meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, to be convened at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, in March 2017. This report addresses the safety of land-based commercial nuclear power plants in the United States. It demonstrates how the U.S. Government achieves and maintains a high level of nuclear safety worldwide by enhancing national measures and international cooperation, and by meeting the obligations of all the articles established by the Convention. These articles address the safety of existing nuclear installations, the legislative and regulatory framework, the regulatory body, responsibility of the licensee, the priority given to safety, financial and human resources, human factors, quality assurance, assessment and verification of safety, radiation protection, emergency preparedness, siting, design and construction, and operation. This report also addresses the principles of the Vienna Declaration adopted by the Contracting Parties in February 2015.

Similar to the U.S. National Report issued in 2013, this revised document includes a section developed by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations describing work that the U.S. nuclear industry has done to ensure safety. The primary responsibility for the safety of a nuclear installation rests with the license holder; therefore, Part 3 explains how the nuclear industry maintains and improves nuclear safety.

Supplement Abstract

The Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) was adopted in June 1994 and entered into force in October 1996. The objectives of the CNS are to achieve and maintain a high level of nuclear safety worldwide. Contracting parties to the Convention have four obligations: submit a national report for peer review, review the national reports of other contracting parties, respond to questions and comments submitted by the contracting parties, and participate in the organizational and review meetings. The United States published its seventh national report for peer review in October 2016 (NUREG-1650, "The United States of America National Report for the Convention on Nuclear Safety: Seventh National Report, October 2016," Revision 6). Supplement 1 to NUREG-1650, Revision 6, documents the answers to questions raised by contracting parties during their peer reviews of the U.S. 7th national report. Specifically, the questions and answers resulting from the peer reviews concern the safety of existing nuclear installations, legislative and regulatory framework, regulatory body, responsibility of the licensee holder, priority to safety, financial and human resources, human factors, quality assurance, assessment and verification of safety, radiation protection, emergency preparedness, siting, design and construction, operation, implementation of the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident, and the principles of the Vienna Declaration. The International Atomic Energy Agency held the seventh review meeting of the CNS in Vienna, Austria, from March 27 through April 7, 2017.

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