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Multiple advanced reactor developers have announced domestic demonstration projects to be built in the 2020s. These nuclear reactors will provide the licensing, construction, and operational basis for rapid commercial expansion of advanced nuclear energy in the late 2020s and early 2030s. Technology, business, and regulatory lessons learned from first-of-a-kind (FOAK) projects will facilitate lower costs and shorter construction timelines for subsequent nth-of-a-kind (NOAK) reactors due to wide-scale deployment and technological learning. Utilities and other customers that gain early experience with FOAK or early NOAK projects will be in competitive positions to become technology leaders. Property of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA). For more information about advanced reactor deployments, please contact

Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards

Danielle Emche, Judi Greenwald, Victor Ibarra Jr., et al |

This new publication follows NIA’s December 2021 report wherein NIA explored how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (and industry) can make advanced reactor licensing both more effective and more efficient while ensuring safety. In this new report, NIA provides recommendations on how the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), an independent advisory committee to the NRC, can be more effective and efficient in reviewing nuclear energy technologies. To read the recommendation only, please follow the link here. 

NIA Discussion Draft: NRC Reform Recommendations

Patrick White & Judi Greenwald |

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.