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Regulatory Update

NRC Denies Oklo Combined License Application

January 6, 2022

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied, without prejudice, Oklo Power, LLC’s application to build and operate the company’s Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho. Oklo submitted the application on March 11, 2020, and the NRC then indicated its plan to complete its review of the Aurora design in a two-step process.

The first step was to engage Oklo in public meetings and other interactions to gather the additional information identified by NRC to efficiently align on key safety and design aspects of Aurora’s licensing basis. The NRC’s denial is based on not receiving the additional information needed from Oklo to close those information gaps.

It’s noted that the NRC has made no safety findings regarding the Aurora design and the denial was provided “without prejudice”, meaning that Oklo is free to submit a complete license application to NRC in the future.​

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