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NRC Issues Draft Project Plan Preparing to License Accident Tolerant Fuel

The NRC has issued a draft project plan, “Draft Project Plan to Prepare the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to License and Regulate Accident Tolerant Fuel,” to prepare the Commission for the anticipated licensing and use of accident tolerant fuel (ATF). Numerous fuel vendors have announced plans to develop and seek approval for ATF designs. The Commission has developed this project plan that outlines the preliminary strategy for licensing these ATF designs. The draft project plan lays out the tasks that must be completed by the Commission ahead of licensing submittals in order to conduct adequate review of ATF designs. The Commission expects the plan to be a “living document” that may evolve as ATF concepts are more clearly defined. Public comments on the draft project plan are due by February 5, 2018.

To view the Federal Register notice, click here.

To view the draft project plan, click here.