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TVA is First Mover for SMR Early Site Permit

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has submitted an application for an Early Site Permit (ESP) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a small modular reactor (SMR) which could be built at the Clinch River site in Tennessee. It is the first application of its type to be submitted to the regulatory agency.

Variable Annual License Fees For Smaller Reactors - If They're Light Water

Yesterday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a final rule creating a variable fee structure for small, light water reactors. It creates a new term called a "bundled unit" and then bases the annual fee on the thermal power output of the bundled unit. It is a three part structure with [...]

Time for a New Mode of Operation: Opportunity to Rethink the Regulatory Framework Ahead of Shutdowns

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently received over a 150 comments to its advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) issued in November intended to solicit input on the agency's development of a "draft regulatory basis" to support modifications to existing regulations affecting nuclear power plant shutdown and decommissioning activities.

Ex-Nuclear Agency Worker Sentenced for Cyber Attack Bid - US Justice Dep't

A former employee of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was sentenced to 18 months for attempting a spear-phishing attack against Department of Energy computers that contained information on nuclear weapons, the Department of Justice announced in statement.

Dangerous Flaw Threatens to Close Nation's Nuclear Fleet

After four years of increasingly tense internal discussion, seven Nuclear Regulatory Commission engineers have formally petitioned the governing Commissioners to either order the nation's nuclear power plant to immediately correct aShow More Summary

Decommissioning Nuclear Power Reactors Safely and Efficiently

Rod McCullum The following is a guest post from Rod McCullum, senior director of used fuel and decommissioning programs at NEI.In November 2015, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to consider potential new regulations governing the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors. Show More Summary

Proposal: Fund the NRC by a Fee on Each Kw-Hr Generated by Nuclear Energy

The vast majority of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s budget comes from companies operating existing nuclear power plants. This results in a situation where established suppliers in a market can influence the ability of an independent regulatory agency to approve new entrants into their market. read more

NRC needs an independent budget process to match its independent mandate

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose focus is the safe use of radiation and radioactive materials. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard from regulators, commissioners, and elected officials that the agency must make its safety decisions without regard to their cost implications. Show More Summary

A Proposal to Change Advanced Reactor Licensing

Former United States Commissioner for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Jeffrey S. Merrifield called for a comprehensive new framework for Advanced Reactor licensing reform in an issue brief outlined at the National Press Club on February 23rd, 2016. read more

New York Power Plant Leaking Radioactive Water

A New York nuclear power plant is leaking and radioactive tritium has been found in groundwater testing facilities nearby, but the governor and Nuclear Regulatory Commission state that it is not a cause for concern.

How Corrupt Is the American Government?

Government corruption has become rampant: Senior SEC employees spent up to 8 hours a day surfing porn sites instead of cracking down on financial crimes Nuclear Regulatory Commission workers watch porn instead of cracking down on unsafe...Show More Summary

Nuclear plants along Mississippi, Missouri rivers not seen hurt by heavy rain -NRC

(Reuters) - The nuclear plants along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are not expected to be adversely affected by flooding and heavy rains, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Tuesday.

Kenneth Carr, Navy admiral chaired Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Adm. Carr, 90, served on three nuclear-powered submarines, including the first one ever built.

First new US nuclear power plant in 20 years scheduled to open in Tennessee

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just greenlit its first new nuclear power plant in 20 years by granting an operating license to the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor, which is located in Spring City, Tennessee. Construction on the reactor has...Show More Summary

Earthquake risk analysis shows U.S. nuclear plants safe: NRC

(Reuters) - Nuclear power plants in the United States are safe to continue operating but need to conduct an in-depth analysis where appropriate, as far as earthquake hazards are concerned, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on Tuesday.

Depleted Uranium Likely Buried at Fort Carson, Army Says

The Cold War legacy of nuclear waste at Fort Carson was quietly exposed in a routine application by the Army for a Nuclear Regulatory Commission permit.

Licensing demonstration reactors in the United States

During the joint DOE-NRC workshop on advanced non-light water reactors held last week (Sep 1-2, 2015), John Adams of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation gave a presentation on reactor license classification terminology. Show More Summary

Approaches For Addressing and Resolving Advanced Reactor Licensing Challenges

Among the challenges facing today’s innovators is the uncertainty regarding obtaining a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a timeline that is both predictable and consistent with commercialization and private investment expectations. read more

NRC Vote Eliminates Need for External Containment Filters

Earlier this week, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission decided in a 3-1 vote not to pursue a rulemaking with regard to reactor containment protection and release reduction for boiling water reactors with Mark I and Mark II containments. Show More Summary

Why SMRs Should Have Smaller Emergency Planning Zones

Marcus Nichol and David Young The following is a guest post by Marcus Nichol and David Young of NEI.In a recent decision, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission directed the agency staff initiate a rulemaking to revise emergency preparedness (EP) regulations and guidance for Small Modular Reactor (SMR) facilities. Show More Summary

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