Nuclear, Reactors

NRC Accepts TVA’s Permit Application for Small Modular Reactors

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted and docketed a permit application from Tennessee Valley Authority for the installation of Small Modular Reactors.

If approved, multiple SMR units could be installed at the Clinch River site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the News Courier reported. The site has been under development since 2010.

However, TVA hasn’t yet committed to building SMRs at the site, as the agency continues to evaluate the feasibility of the project.

TVA’s SMR project comes with the cost-shared financial assistance of the Department of Energy’s SMR Licensing Technical Support program, which aims to help bring the technology into the marketplace.