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NRC Issues Interim Staff Guidance Regarding Light Water Small Modular Reactor Reviews

The NRC is issuing final Interim Staff Guidance (ISG), Combined License and Early Site Permit (COL/ESP) No. 027 (COL/ESP–ISG– 027), ‘‘Specific Environmental Guidance for Light Water Small Modular Reactor Reviews.’’ The purpose of the ISG is to clarify the NRC guidance and application of NUREG–1555, ‘‘Standard Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for Nuclear Power Plants: Environmental Standard Review Plan,’’ with respect to environmental reviews for applications for licenses to construct and operate light water small modular reactors (SMRs). The ISG applies to environmental reviews associated with light water SMR applications for limited work authorizations, construction permits, operating licenses, early site permits, and combined licenses. The ISG was issued for use and comment in August 2013, and the final version incorporates comments received by, for example, clarifying that this guidance applies to all light water SMRs.  The ISG is effective October 6, 2014.

To access COL/ESP-ISG-027, click here.

To access the Federal Register notice, click here