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Licensing reform in the USA. A review

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Abstract

The licensing process for nuclear power plants in the USA is currently in two distinct stages: the issuance of a construction permit followed later by the issuance of an operation license. The ``two-step`` process has come under heavy criticism from the U.S. nuclear industry on the grounds that it causes uncertainty and delays and therefore inhibits new commitments to nuclear power plants. In 1989 the NRC published new regulations for the licensing of nuclear power plants which provide for the issuance of early site permits, safety certifications of standard designs, and combined construction permits and operating licences. The new rule was challenged by intervenors representing antinuclear groups who filed a legal challenge seeking to have the rule set aside on the grounds that it violates the Atomic Energy Act which they allege makes two-step licensing mandatory. In November 1990 the US Court of Appeals upheld the NRC`s authority to issue combined licenses. An appeal for a rehearing has been filed. The paper analyses the events and the possible consequences of an adverse court decision. It reviews the options open to the NRC and industry if the court decision is upheld. The possibility of congressional action to amend the Atomic Energy  More>>
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1991
Product Type:
Miscellaneous
Report Number:
INIS-GB-389
Reference Number:
SCA: 210700; PA: AIX-23:015257; SN: 92000647010
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Jan 1991
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; US NRC; LICENSE APPLICATIONS; REACTOR LICENSING; USA; CONSTRUCTION; HEARINGS; LEGAL ASPECTS; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; OPERATING LICENSES; REACTOR SAFETY; SAFETY STANDARDS; 210700; REGULATION AND LICENSING
Sponsoring Organizations:
British Nuclear Forum, London (United Kingdom)
OSTI ID:
10113086
Research Organizations:
ERC Environmental and Energy Services Co., Fairfax, VA (United States)
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE92615175; TRN: GB9104818015257
Availability:
OSTI; NTIS (US Sales Only); INIS
Submitting Site:
GBN
Size:
229 p.
Announcement Date:
Jun 30, 2005

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Citation Formats

None. Licensing reform in the USA. A review. United Kingdom: N. p., 1991. Web.
None. Licensing reform in the USA. A review. United Kingdom.
None. 1991. "Licensing reform in the USA. A review." United Kingdom.
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place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1991}
month = {Jan}
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