26 May possibly possibly 2023
Members of the International Nuclear Regulators’ Association (INRA) have released a joint statement affirming their commitment to function with every single other on generic design and style and style assessment and licensing of compact modular reactor (SMR) technologies.
SMRs are becoming believed of by nations across the globe and are “increasingly the principal concentrate of a quantity of nations”, the association talked about, but the “dangers and challenges” connected with such technologies have to have to be addressed.
“INRA members recognise the potential safety efficiency possibilities that SMR technologies could present and the crucial function of regulators in creating positive that these technologies are deployed safely, securely and continual with robust non‑proliferation specifications, in nations that want to adopt them.
“INRA members whose nations are pursuing new nuclear programmes are committed to proactively collaborate on generic reactor design and style and style assessments and licensing and assist national regulatory critiques in (re)embarking nations with new nuclear ambitions. These INRA members will seek to establish bi‑lateral and multi‑lateral arrangements to let the provision of guidance and guidance and the sharing of regulatory evaluations in assist of their national regulatory critiques, lifecycle encounter and sources,” the regulators talked about.
“Maximising the worth of collaborative reactor design and style and style evaluation demands nations that want to adopt SMRs to commit to unique SMR technologies on equivalent timeframes and for vendors to develop their safety evaluation and reactor designs to a level proper for regulatory assessment. These INRA members commit to undertake danger informed, proportionate and nicely targeted evaluations, and to dedicate the resource crucial to present at pace when technologies alternatives are taken.”
Standard reactor designs will facilitate helpful regulatory critiques, the regulators talked about, although more function will be crucial to address nearby components such as siting and environmental issues. These will remain the duty of the national regulatory physique, alongside the ultimate option on the acceptability for deployment of a reactor design and style and style in its sovereign state.
INRA expressed its assist for the IAEA’s Nuclear Harmonisation and Specifications Initiative, saying its members “recognise the worth of an international, coherent framework for facts and information sharing, despite the fact that noting the potential challenges and sensible hurdles facing timely pursuit of an international pre-licensing course of action. In addition, INRA members take into account that independent, national regulatory critiques seriously must not be replaced by an international method.”
“In assist of a substantially much more worldwide method to new reactor evaluation, INRA members take into account regulatory collaboration by suggests of bi/multi-lateral agreements, with appropriate input from marketplace, the optimum way to maximise the efficiency of evaluations, despite the fact that emphasising the crucial function and duty of national regulators to assure, by suggests of the licensing course of action and continued regulatory supervision, the highest needs of nuclear safety, security and non‑proliferation when considering of new designs such as SMRs and sophisticated nuclear technologies.
“INRA members are ready to assist a collaborative method for the regulatory assessments of SMR technologies in the most helpful and effective way.”
INRA’s nine member nations are Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA.
Researched and written by Globe Nuclear News