The American Nuclear Society formed a Presidential Special Committee on Small and Medium Sized Reactor (SMR) Generic Licensing issues in early 2010 with the goal of addressing two dozen issues that were associated with licensing SMRs. After grouping the issues into three broad categories the issues were assigned to three volunteer subcommittees:
- Subcommittee A: Licensing Framework Issues
- Subcommittee B: Licensing Application Issues
- Subcommittee C: Licensing Design and Manufacturing Issues.
The subcommittees have been asked to work with due haste to provide technical guidance. After the first six months of effort, the subcommittees have released an interim report including the first eight of an initially planned total of 14 white papers. The remaining papers are due to be completed by November 2010. The white papers will cover the following topics:
- Emergency Planning
- Passive Safety Systems
- Operations Staffing Issues Related to SMRs *
- Physical Security for Small Modular Reactors *
- Financial Issues
- Nuclear Insurance and Liability for SMRs *
- Financial Qualifications
- Decommissioning Fund
* – these are the titles of the first eight white papers that were released on September 3, 2010.
Hat tip to Dan Yurman at Idaho Samizdat for his excellent coverage of the relationship between the ANS effort and the efforts of other organizations, including the NRC, that are identifying and suggesting resolutions to issues associated with the development and licensing of small and medium sized reactors. Dan’s post was mirrored on The Energy Collective under the title of Stand up double for SMRs