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US approval new framework ‘Paves Way For Next Generation Reactors’

The US nuclear regulator’s unanimous approval of a licensing framework for advanced non-light water reactors paves the way for regulatory reviews to be aligned with the safety characteristics and simplified designs of Generation IV advanced reactors, the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute has said.

On 26 May the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-0 to approve the implementation of a more streamlined and predictable licensing process for advanced non-light water reactors.

This approach is consistent with the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernisation Act (NEIMA), which was passed last year by Congress and signed into law by president Donald Trump in January.