Through GAIN, DOE – in close coordination with NRC – will provide nuclear technology developers with licensing support. While this will take a variety of forms and continue to evolve as technologies mature, a few initial actions are listed below.
Navigating NRC's Light Water Reactor (LWR) Centric General Design Criteria
DOE and NRC are engaged in a joint initiative to address key challenges faced by advanced (non-LWR) technologies when navigating NRC's LWR-centric General Design Criteria requirements during their design, licensing, construction, and testing efforts. The guidance being developed in this initiative is intended to provide a number of benefits, including:
DOE has proposed content and technical basis for this adaptive design criteria guidance based on national laboratory and industry stakeholder inputs. NRC staff completed its review of this proposal and released draft Regulatory Guide content for public comment in April 2016. After consideration of stakeholder input, NRC issued draft regulatory guide DG-1330, "Guidance for Developing Principal Design Criteria for Non-Light Water Reactors," for formal public comment. DG-1330 was published in the Federal Register on February 3, 2017, and the comment period closes on April 4, 2017. The NRC plans to issue a final regulatory guide at the end of 2017.
Convening Third Workshop on Advanced Non-Light Water Reactors
The third in this series of workshops is scheduled for April 25 – 26, 2017, also at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Convention Center. Discussions/presentations among participants are expected to include regulatory review process options, use of modeling and testing in the design and licensing processes, development in industry consensus standards, and Quality Assurance Program development. For information on NRC workshops on Advanced Non-Light Water Reactors, please visit the link below.
NRC-DOE Advanced Non-Light Water Reactors Workshop
DOE-NRC Memorandum of Understanding