Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA)

2nd CNRA International Workshop on New Reactor Siting, Licensing and Construction Experience

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
24-26 October 2012


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Organisation and Host

The Second CNRA Workshop on " New Reactor Siting, Licensing and Construction Experience” will be held from 24 to 26 October 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, hosted by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). This first announcement is to inform you of this event and call for papers to be submitted for presentation at the workshop.

Background

The Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities (CNRA) Working Group on the Regulation of New Reactors (WGRNR) is responsible for the committee's programme of work in the primary areas of siting, licensing and oversight for new commercial nuclear power reactors (Generation III+ and Generation IV reactors). The WGRNR constitutes a forum of experts for the licensing of new and advance commercial nuclear power reactors and should facilitate a cooperative approach to identify key new regulatory issues and promote a common resolution.

The main purpose of the WGRNR and its products are to improve regulatory reviews by comparing practices in member countries; improve the licensing process of new reactors by learning from best practices in member countries; ensure that construction inspection issues and construction experience is shared; promote cooperation among member countries to improve safety; and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the regulatory process.

The WGRNR has reviewed and documented the regulatory practices regarding the regulation of site selection and preparation in Member Countries. WGRNR also convened a workshop in 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic which provided an excellent opportunity to communicate recent construction experience lessons learned. The workshop also discussed the lessons learned in the regulation of site selection, evaluation and site preparation as well as the review of regulatory practices for the licensing of new reactors, including the regulatory body infrastructure, staffing and expertise needed.

The WGRNR is the point of contact between the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) and the CNRA and is aimed to co-ordinate its work with the work performed by MDEP such that: it utilises its outputs and does not duplicate its efforts; extends the results of MDEP to other CNRA members.

Objectives of the Workshop

The objective of this international workshop is to provide a forum to exchange information on lessons learned from siting, licensing and constructing new nuclear power plants around the world. Key focus areas include, siting practices and regulatory positions that have been enhanced as a result of the Fukushima accident; lessons learned from licensing and design review approaches and challenges, construction experience and recommendations for regulatory oversight; and regulatory cooperation on generic and design specific issues through the MDEP specific working groups.

Learning from others is a key to success and progress. Information obtained as a result of this workshop should give understanding keys and interpretations of regulatory issues of licensing process of new reactors, and promoting a method to address them.

Scope, Content and Outline of the Workshop

The workshop will include an introductory session, technical sessions devoted to technical presentations by participants on the topics outlined in the Preliminary Workshop Programme below and a final session. The final session will summarize the discussions and develop conclusions and recommendations for possible further actions by the CNRA/WGRNR. All the participants are expected to take part in the discussion and in the formulation of conclusions in the final session

Papers and case studies addressing the issues and topics outlined are welcomed. Several sessions with ample time for discussion will be defined accordingly to these topics.

Last reviewed: 27 April 2012