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NuScale Submits First SMR Design Certification Application
NuScale Power submitted the first ever small modular reactor (SMR) design certification application (DCA) to be submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This is a significant step toward the implementation of the first commercial 12-module NuScale power plant, planned to be built at Idaho National Laboratory. The planned plant will be owned by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, run by Energy Northwest, and is targeted for commercial operation by 2026.
Source: Yahoo! Finance
Indian Point NPP to Close
The Indian Point nuclear power plant located 25 miles north of New York City will close by 2021, under an agreement reached by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Entergy, the plant operator. The plant has been plagued by leaks in recent years, and the agreement also includes the creation of a $15 million fund for restoration and protection of damaged river- and- wetlands.
U.S. NRC Publishes Vision and Strategy to Licensing Improvements
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published its vision and strategy for preparing to review applications for permission to begin building advanced reactors. The document claims that “The NRC could review and license a non-LWR design today, if needed,” but also that this process would be neither effective nor efficient. The NRC’s roadmap for addressing these deficiencies consists of two phases, though the timeline for being actually ready to pursue advanced reactors is unclear.
U.S. NRC Reports No Concerns Over Areva Parts
The NRC released a list of reactor components supplied to U.S. nuclear power plants by Areva’s Creusot Forge in France, but noted that it has no immediate safety concerns regarding the parts supplied to 17 U.S. reactors. The forge has been under intense scrutiny following high carbon levels in its products and subsequent quality process and paperwork reviews.
Source: World Nuclear News