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NRC Issues Draft Regulatory Basis on EP Requirements for SMRs and Other New Technologies

The NRC has issued a regulatory basis document in support of a rulemaking to develop emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies. The NRC published the draft regulatory basis for public comment on April 13, 2017. The NRC received 57 comments that it considered in finalizing this regulatory basis. The regulatory basis concludes there is sufficient justification to proceed with rulemaking. The regulatory basis also concludes that the principle of using a dose-at-distance and consequence-oriented approach to determine the appropriate size of an emergency planning zone can be applied to SMRs and other new technologies. The NRC will seek future public comments when the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register.

To view the Federal Register notice, click here