Petition window opened for Oklo’s microreactor license application

July 1, 2020, 12:25PMNuclear News

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced a notice of opportunity to intervene in an adjudicatory hearing on Oklo Power’s combined license application (COLA) for construction of a microreactor at Idaho National Laboratory. The notice, dated June 24, was published in the Federal Register on June 30, opening a 60-day window for petitions.

The basics: Oklo’s 1.5-MWe fast spectrum microreactor, known as Aurora, is the subject of the first advanced non–light-water reactor COLA submitted to the NRC. The Aurora design would use heat pipes to transport heat from the reactor core to a supercritical carbon dioxide power conversion system to generate electricity. Oklo and the NRC announced on June 15 that the COLA, which was submitted on March 11, had been docketed by the NRC.

Need to know: Petition to intervene must be filed by August 31. Information about the hearing process is available from the NRC. For more details visit the Federal Rulemaking website and search for Docket ID NRC-2020-0088.

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