- NRC approves rule to certify amended AP1000 reactor design; Chu: “an important milestone”
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted to approve a rule certifying an amended version of Westinghouse’s AP1000 nuclear reactor design for use in the United States. (Earlier post.) The amended certification, which will be incorporated into the NRC’s regulations, will be valid for 15 years.
The AP1000 is a 1,100 megawatt electric pressurized-water reactor that includes passive safety features that would cool down the reactor after an accident without the need for human intervention. Westinghouse submitted an application for certification of the original AP1000standard plant design on 28 March 2002; the NRC issued a rule certifying that design on 27 January 2006. Westinghouse submitted an application to amend the AP1000 on 27 May 2007. The NRC’s technical review of the amendment request focused on ensuring the agency’s safety requirements have been met.
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