In this report, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance is pursuing clarification of the meaning of “major portions” for a standard design approval under 10 CFR Part 52, Subpart E. A definition of “major portions” will make the process more predictable for advanced nuclear technology developers. This report serves as a foundation for more detailed guidance.
In March 2017, Dr. Ashley Finan, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for the "Hearing on S. 512, The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act"
NRC's existing licensing processes were orignally developed to handle large, conventional light water reactors. New advanced reactor technologies under development may struggle to go through this process, despite safety and other potential benefits. This report describes how a new licensing system can authorize and unlock the next generation of nuclear power.