RNE 20: What is a Design Certification? Dr. Jose Reyes Guests!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 20 of RadioNuclear! In this episode, we discuss the news of the NRC’s decision to issue a design certification license for the APR1400 and the monumental effort and process of getting a reactor through design certification process. We cover the recent and unfortunate news regarding the future of nuclear from Southern Company. There may also be a possible lifeline for the VC Summer project?  We also take a minute to discuss a video from friend of the show Dr. Georg Steinhauser on a recent fishing trip to the cooling ponds of Chernobyl.

Today’s guest is Dr. Jose Reyes, the chief technology officer and co-founder of Nuscale, the company delivering the NuScale passively cooled, small nuclear reactor. Dr. Reyes is internationally recognized for his expertise passive safety systems, testing, and operation of nuclear power plants. He is a co-inventor on over 110 patents granted or pending all over the world. He is currently a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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One thought on “RNE 20: What is a Design Certification? Dr. Jose Reyes Guests!

  1. Alan Levin

    There is an error in the description of the action taken on the APR1400, i.e., the reference to a “design certification license.” There is no such thing. Design certification is not a license; rather, it is a rule–specifically an appendix to the NRC’s regulations in 10 CFR Part 52. While a license is “held” by the licensee, a design certification is not “held” by anyone–other than the NRC. And the certification is not complete until the rulemaking is final. Per the NRC’s press release on April 30, that will occur 120 days after publication of the rule in the Federal Register, assuming no adverse comments are received.

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