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US regulator accepts application Aurora plant

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a combined licence application from California-based Oklo Power to build and operate the company’s compact fast reactor, known as Aurora, at the Idaho National Laboratory site in Idaho.

The NRC said Oklo’s application, submitted on 11 March, is for approval of what would be the first NRC licence for an advanced non-light-water reactor design.

The NRC and Oklo have engaged in “pre-application” discussions since 2016, a statement said.