A Construction Permit (CP) Application Review Workshop was presented by AdSTM on July 17-21, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The USNRC/IRDP Workshop was delivered by David Squarer and Mel Fields of AdSTM.
The CP application review Workshop had 13 attendees and was conducted at the offices of Thailand’s nuclear regulator, Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP). The Workshop was very well received by the highly educated and experienced attendees. Several of the attendees have received their Ph.D. degrees from top Universities at the U.S. and the U.K. The majority of the participants were impressed by the degree of comprehensiveness that was contained within one week, as well as with the broad experience of the instructors. In their concluding remarks, the participants stated that the Workshop has exceeded their expectation.
This Workshop was developed to provide insights into the review process of construction permit application by the USNRC. The five-day Workshop covered primarily the two-step licensing process (10 CFR Part 50) (i.e. construction permit (CP) followed by operating license (OL)). The instructors highlighted the differences between the two-step process and the NRC’s combined license process (COL) (10 CFR Part 52). The Workshop discussions focused primarily on the 19 chapters of the standard review plan (SRP) (NUREG-0800) that are presented in the Applicant’s preliminary safety analysis report (PSAR). Thus, it highlights most of the safety related aspects of a nuclear power plant (NPP). In addition, the Workshop includes presentations on regulatory prerequisites; safety objectives requirements and concepts; and an overview of the licensing process. The diversity of the technical topics and regulatory issues covered by this Workshop far exceeds other AdSTM’s training courses that concentrate on a specific topic (e.g. siting, probabilistic risk assessment, fundamentals of reactor safety, etc.).