NRC makes TVA small modular reactor document available

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said May 26 that the early site permit application that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently filed for a small modular reactor (SMR) site is now available for public inspection.

TVA recently filed the ESP application for the Clinch River nuclear site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

TVA filed the application on May 12 seeking an ESP. The NRC’s review would determine if the site is suitable for building and operating a nuclear power facility. Even if the NRC eventually concludes a permit is justified, TVA would have to file a separate application for permission to build and operate a nuclear power plant.

TVA has not designated a vendor or technology for any potential SMR development and has said that it does not foresee any immediate need for additional nuclear power beyond the Watts Bar 2 nuclear plant.

The NRC staff is reviewing the application to determine if it is sufficiently complete to begin the agency’s extensive safety and environmental reviews. The staff expects to complete this initial review in mid-July.

If the NRC concludes the application is complete, the staff will docket it and publish a notice of opportunity to request an adjudicatory hearing before the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB).

The NRC did recently announce that it is developing a separate set of fees for the small modular reactor industry.

Information about the ESP review process is available on the NRC website. Copies of the Clinch River Nuclear Site application will be available at the Kingston Public Library, 1004 Bradford Way in Kingston, Tenn., and the Lenoir City Public Library, 100 W. Broadway in Lenoir City, Tennessee.

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