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NRC accepts first SMR Design Certification Application

NuScale Power, LLC announced today they received notification that NuScale’s first-ever Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Design Certification Application (DCA) was accepted for review by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). By accepting the DCA for review, the NRC staff is confirming that NuScale’s submission addresses all NRC requirements and contains sufficient technical information to conduct the review. NuScale marked a major milestone on December 31, 2016, when the company asked the NRC to approve the SMR design, the first submitted in the United States.

NuScale CEO John Hopkins said, “The uncommon fact that the NRC was able to accept our application during the 60-day docketing review period is validation of all of our hard work over the past eight years.”

When NuScale announced the application submittal in January, the NRC had targeted completing the certification process for the NuScale SMR power plant design in 40 months from acceptance. NuScale’s application consisted of nearly 12,000 pages of technical information, representing the work of more than 800 NuScale staff and some 40,000 NRC staff-hours in pre-application discussions and interactions.

“We appreciate the NRC’s dedication to clarifying requirements for the submittal. That kind of interaction was essential to NuScale successfully being docketed for review,” said NuScale COO and CNO Dale Atkinson. 

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