A mandatory hearing regarding an application for an Early Site Permit for one or more small modular reactors at the Clinch River site in Tennessee will be held Aug. 14. The hearing is the final step in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) review of the application.
The Commission hearing will include testimony and exhibits from the applicant, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), as well as from the NRC staff, regarding the question of whether the staff’s review adequately supports the findings necessary to issue the permit.
TVA submitted its Early Site Permit application for the Clinch River Nuclear Site on May 12, 2016. TVA used the Plant Parameter Envelope approach (which does not specify a reactor design) in its application for the site.
The NRC would need to review and approve an additional application from TVA, including a specific reactor design, before any construction or operating license could be issued. The NRC issued its final environmental impact statement for the Early Site Permit application in April, and the final safety evaluation report for this application in June.
The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in the Commission Hearing Room at NRC Headquarters, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. The hearing will be open to public observation and webcast.