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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently issued a preliminary draft document, “Nuclear Power Reactor Testing Needs and Prototype Plants for Advanced Reactor Designs.” This document describes the relevant regulations governing the testing requirements for advanced reactors, describes the process for determining testing needs to meet the NRC’s regulatory requirements, clarifies when a prototype plant might be needed and how it might differ from the proposed standard plant design, and describes licensing strategies and options that include the use of a prototype plant to meet the NRC’s testing requirements.

The document is available in the NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System at accession number ML17025A353. This preliminary draft document is a first step in communicating with stakeholders about prototype testing for advanced reactors. The document will be discussed at a future public meeting on advanced reactor topics, targeted for August 2017.

For more information on the draft document, please contact George Tartal at