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NRC begins Korean-based nuclear reactor design certification

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it will begin a certification review of a Korean nuclear reactor design for potential use in the U.S.
 
The NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards provides input on design certification reviews. Once issued, the certifications are valid for 15 years. Companies can then reference a certified design when applying for a combined license to build and operate a reactor in the U.S.
 
Korea Electric Power Corp. and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power submitted their revised application for the 1,400 MW design pressurized water reactor in December 2014. The NRC conducted an acceptance check and concluded the application is complete enough for a full design certification review. The staff will provide a review schedule in the near future.
 
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