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Regulatory Support 

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: 

      • Reducing regulatory uncertainty for dvanced reactor innovators and developers,
      • Addressing design innovations that pursue enhanced nuclear safety, and
      • Improving licensing timeliness and efficiency for both license applicants and NRC staff

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 d raft 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 

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) describes the roles, responsibilities, and the processes related to the implementation of the DOE Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative. GAIN is an initiative that is intended to provide the nuclear energy community with increased access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to mover new or advanced nuclear reactor designs toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet.