This white paper provides draft Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reform recommendations intended to serve as a common basis for stakeholder engagement and discussion with policymakers during the 118th Congress (2023 - 2024). This discussion draft will be updated based on continued input and feedback from policymakers and stakeholders on how to improve advanced reactor licensing at the NRC.
See comments provided by NIA Project Manager Patrick White at the Minnesota Committee on Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate on 2/8/2023.
The following testimony was provided by NIA Project Manager Patrick White and NIA Analyst Victor Ibarra, Jr. at the Minnesota Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, Environment and Climate hearing on February 6, 2023.
This is letter, signed by NIA and other non-government organizations, provides recommends to DOE for increasing its transparency practices with the implementation of the hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) program. These recommendations include ensuring relevant technical and outcome data be made available as soon as possible via each hub’s public website and through DOE, and requiring each hub to publish an annual report on its activities. Also recommended, is that DOE make the following information available to stakeholders and the general public: (1) The terms of the final agreement and project milestones; (2) milestone-related data and information; and (3) additional technical data.
This report summarizes the efforts of NIA, and more than 100 other participants, to establish a collective understanding of the gaps that exist between the real and anticipated costs and capabilities of advanced nuclear energy technologies and the characterization of those costs and capabilities in prominent energy system modeling efforts; and to outline collectively a set of actions that could be taken by the energy modeling community and the federal government to help close those gaps. The recommendations in the report call for the establishment of an advanced nuclear energy cost and performance database that will be developed, housed, and overseen by a Department of Energy office or national laboratory with expertise in advanced nuclear energy technologies. Moreover, the recommendations call for energy system modelers to update their default system model assumptions to reflect ranges based on advanced nuclear reactor developer survey results and the cost and performance parameters published in recent studies.