NRC SMR Hearing


On May 15th, the NRC will be hosting a public meeting to discuss topics associated with TVA’s early site permit application for the Clinch River Nuclear Site. Our involvement in events like this is crucial to the media narrative presented. Our voices make a difference!  If you are interested in attending, please sign up here so we can plan transportation. We have plans to establish a system of membership rewards for the coming school year, and events like this will factor hugely into earning membership rewards.

From the NRC Press Release:

The NRC will hold the meetings in the Pollard Technology Conference Center Auditorium, 210 Badger Ave., in Oak Ridge, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. NRC staff presentations will describe the environmental review process and the proposed review schedule. Each meeting’s presentations will be followed by a formal public comment period. NRC open houses from 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., will provide members of the public the opportunity to speak informally with agency staff.

The Tennessee Valley Authority submitted the Clinch River application and associated information in May 2016, and provided follow-up information through the remainder of the year. TheEarly Site Permit process determines whether a site is suitable for future construction and operation of a nuclear power plant. The NRC held meetings in Oak Ridge in April 2016 to explain the review process to the surrounding community.

The application, minus proprietary and security-related details, is available on the NRC website. In addition, the Oak Ridge Public Library, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, and the Kingston Public Library, 1004 Bradford Way in Kingston, Tenn., have agreed to maintain a copy of the application’s environmental report for public inspection.

TVA is seeking resolution of safety and environmental issues related to a potential small modular reactor at the site, approximately five miles southwest of Oak Ridge. The NRC has established docket number 52-047 for this application. More information about the new reactor licensing process is available on the NRC website.

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