WASHINGTON (CN) – Nuclear power developers can build Westinghouse AP1000 reactors without demonstrating in their applications the safety of the design, under new rules adopted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The NRC announced on Dec. 23 that it was approving modifications Westinghouse made to meet new safety requirements, including a stronger containment vessel for the reactor core.
The approval means that developers can certify they are building AP1000 reactors to the standards published in the regulations without further documentation.
The NRC said this will standardize and make easier the permit application process for building nuclear power plants.
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