CNSC invites the public to comment on draft licence application guide for small modular reactor facilities

News release

July 31, 2018 – Ottawa, ON

REGDOC-1.1.5, Licence Application Guide: Small Modular Reactor Facilities, is intended to be used in conjunction with consultations with CNSC staff, as well as within the context of other licence application guides. Licence applications for small modular reactors (SMRs) have to address both design and safety and control measures to support the safety case; REGDOC-1.1.5 will assist proponents in developing risk-informed proposals that take CNSC expectations into account.

Along with the release of REGDOC-1.1.5 for public consultation, the CNSC is also posting the Stakeholder Workshop Report: Application of the Graded Approach in Regulating Small Modular Reactors, as a companion to the draft regulatory document. This report summarizes a workshop held with stakeholders on November 24, 2017 and provides specific examples of how the CNSC would apply the graded approach to SMRs.

The public has until September 28, 2018 to provide comments .

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Quick facts

  • SMRs have the potential to act as a key energy source that do not emit greenhouse gases from electricity production to producing heat and steam for various applications.

  • Licence applications for SMRs have to address both design and safety and control measures to support the safety case.

  • The CNSC will never compromise safety.

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Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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