Nuscale Reactor

NuScale Completes NRC Phase One Review for SMR Design

NuScale has become the first company to complete phase one of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) design certification application (DCA) for a next-generation small modular reactor (SMR). The NRC spent over 100,000 hours reviewing the 12,000 page application NuScale submitted in January 2017. While the full application review is expected to take approximately 40 months, phase one is considered to be the most comprehensive and intensive.

This announcement came shortly after NuScale was named as the recipient of a $40 million cost-sharing R&D grant under the Department of Energy’s U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development funding opportunity announcement.

These major accomplishments put NuScale on track for their planned construction of a 12-module SMR nuclear power plant requested by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems to be built at the Idaho National Laboratory in 2026.

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