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New Reactors: Licensing Basis and Configuration Mgmt Challenges. June 22, 2010 David B. Matthews Director Division of New Reactor Licensing Office of New Reactors. Completion Times for the Current Fleet. Avg = 5.6 yrs. Avg = 11.1 yrs. 2. 10 CFR Part 52 Licensing Processes.

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New Reactors: Licensing Basis and Configuration MgmtChallenges

June 22, 2010

David B. Matthews

Director

Division of New Reactor Licensing

Office of New Reactors


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Completion Times for the Current Fleet

Avg = 5.6 yrs

Avg = 11.1 yrs

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10 CFR Part 52 Licensing Processes

  • Licensing Processes in 10 CFR Part 52:

    • Subpart A: Early Site Permit (ESP)

      • Limited Work Authorization (LWA) under 52.27 and 50.10

    • Subpart B: Design Certification (DC)

    • Subpart C: Combined License (COL)

  • Provide a predictable licensing process

  • Resolve safety and environmental issues before authorizing construction

  • Provide for timely & meaningful public participation

  • Encourage standardization of nuclear plant designs

  • Provide regulatory stability to nuclear plant licensees


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Pre-Construction

Construction Verification

Early Site Permit

LWA

Combined License

Review, Hearing,

and Decision

Verification of

Regulations

with ITAAC

Reactor

Operation

Decision

Optional

Pre-Application

Review

Standard Design

Certification

Part 52 - Fitting the Pieces Together

  • Licensing decisions finalized before major construction begins

  • Inspections w/ITAAC (Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria) to verify construction

  • Limited work may be authorized before COL issuance


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Early Site Permits

  • Allows Early Resolution of Siting Issues and “Banking” of a Site for 10 – 20 Years

  • Review Areas Include:

    • Site safety

    • Environmental impact

    • Emergency preparedness

  • An applicant for an ESP may concurrently apply for a LWA under 52.27 and 50.10


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Design Certifications

  • Allows an applicant to obtain approval of a standard nuclear plant design

  • Essentially complete design

  • Final design information

  • Site design parameters

  • Interface requirements

  • Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria (ITAAC)


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Combined License Applications

  • Combined construction permit and operating license for a nuclear power plant

  • May reference an early site permit, a standard design certification, both, or neither

  • Objective is to resolve all safety & environmental issues before authorizing construction

  • Prior to fuel load, must verify the facility has been constructed in accordance with the certified design

  • The combined license process in Part 52 is fundamental for providing regulatory stability for companies building nuclear power plants


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Completed New Reactor Actions

  • 4 Early Site Permits Approved

    • Clinton, North Anna, Grand Gulf, and Vogtle

  • 4 Designs Certified

    • Westinghouse AP600 and AP1000

    • GE Advanced Boiling Water Reactor

    • C-E System 80+

  • 1 Limited Work Authorization (LWA)


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New Reactor Applications Under Review

  • 13 Combined License Applications

    • 18 received, 4 suspended, 1 converted to an ESP application

    • One includes a 2nd request for a Limited Work Authorization (Vogtle)

  • 3 Design Certification (DC) Applications

    • General Electric Economic and Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR)

    • AREVA U.S. EPR

    • Mitsubishi U.S. Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (US APWR)

  • 1 Amended DC Application

    • Westinghouse AP1000 Certification Amendment

  • 1 DC Rule Amendment

  • 2 ESP Applications


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One Issue/One Review/One Decision

DC Review

Rulemaking

Hearings*

Reference COL (RCOL)

Hearings*

Subsequent COL 1

(SCOL)

Hearings*

Subsequent COL 2

(SCOL)

Hearings*

Subsequent COL 3

(SCOL)

*The process for a COL includes an opportunity for a contested hearing by the ASLB

and also a mandatory hearing that is uncontested before the Commission.


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Licensing Basis Maintenance Combined License (COL)

NRO/NRC “getting ready” for potential COL issuance

Issued a Generic COL

(SECY-00-0092, dated April 20, 2000)

Preparing update to the Generic COL

(SECY in 2010 w/generic license conditions)

ISG-11: Licensing Basis Freeze Point


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Potential Post-COL Licensing Actions

  • Combined License process allows for a range of post-COL licensing actions

  • Post-COL License Amendments for:

    • Proposed changes to License (i.e., technical specification changes to include as-built or as-procured information during construction)

    • Proposed changes to Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria (ITAAC) Design Certifications (DCs) and COLs

      • changes to DC ITAAC also require an exemption under 52.63(b)(1)

        - Proposed changes to FSAR or Tier 2 that exceed the threshold in the 50.59 or 50.59-like change process


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Post-COL Change Processes

  • Changes to and departures from Tier 1 information

    • Generic changes to Tier 1 information (DCR - VIII.A.1)

    • Departures from Tier 1 require exemptions (DCR – VIII.A.4)

  • Changes to and departures from Tier 2 information

    • Generic changes to Tier 2 information (DCR - VIII.B.1)

    • Departures from Tier 2 information (DCR, VIII.B.5 – 50.59-like)

  • Departures from Tier 2* material require prior NRC approval via a license amendment

    • i.e., new nuclear fuel designs


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Conclusions

  • Regulatory processes are in place to handle the expected licensing actions in the near future.

  • NRC is working to address the known workload in

    FY 2011 and beyond.

  • Early communication with the NRC is important to post-COL licensing actions planning and scheduling for FY 2012 and beyond.


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