Reactor Construction Permit Application Reviews

Purpose: 

To familiarize regulatory staff and management with the wide spectrum of technical and regulatory elements, which are incorporated in a construction permit application, and to provide guidance that will assist the staff in performing an effective and efficient review of the application.

Scope: 

Introductory topics include the overall review process, documents to be reviewed, key references, fundamental safety objectives and functions, main safety and radiological acceptance criteria, definition of plant operational conditions, and general review guidance (including risk-informed review prioritization). This is followed by a discussion of key generic design and safety requirements including defense-in-depth, single-failure criterion, redundancy, diversity, design for internal and external hazards, utilization of codes and standards, and equipment qualification. A comprehensive treatment of the scope and methodology employed in probabilistic safety analysis (Levels I and II), severe accident analysis, and deterministic analysis is then provided. A discussion of the various classifications assigned to safety-related equipment follows. Several case studies of highly safety-significant systems with diverse primary safety functions are then used to illustrate system-specific safety-requirements, design features, and key technical issues associated with each system. In conclusion, the subject of safety management is addressed, including the quality assurance (QA) program, the various sub-programs which comprise the overall QA program, and considerations such as staffing, training, and the adoption of a plant-wide safety culture, Principle references include 10 CFR 50 and NUREG-0800 (SRP). Other references: NUREG/CR-6042, Reg. Guide 1.70, IAEA No. NS-R-1, etc.

Audience: 
Regulatory technical staff, licensee staff