Energy Harbor Nuclear Corp.; Exelon Generation Company, LLC; NextEra Energy Seabrook, LLC; Arizona Public Service Company
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued seven exemptions in response to requests from Energy Harbor Nuclear Corp.; Exelon Generation Company, LLC; NextEra Energy Seabrook, LLC; and Arizona Public Service Company. The exemptions allow the licensees to deviate from specific work hours requirements of the NRC's ``Fitness for Duty Programs'' regulation and use site-specific fatigue management controls, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The NRC is issuing a single notice to announce the issuance of these exemptions.
Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New Technologies
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to include new alternative emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for small modular reactors (SMRs) and other new technologies (ONTs), such as non-light-water reactors (non-LWRs) and certain non-power production or utilization facilities (NPUFs). The new EP requirements would acknowledge technological advancements and other differences from large LWRs that are inherent in SMRs and ONTs. Concurrently, the NRC is issuing for public comment draft Regulatory Guide (DG), DG-1350, ``Performance-Based Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors, Non-Light-Water Reactors, and Non-power Production or Utilization Facilities.'' The NRC plans to hold a public meeting to promote full understanding of the proposed rule and guidance and to facilitate public comment.