Certrec, a leading regulatory compliance solution provider, is pleased to announce its participation in the electronic processing and preparation of Revision 3 of the small modular reactor Design Certification Application (DCA) for NuScale Power’s submission to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on August 22, 2019. Certrec’s TAKTIX® web-based project collaboration tool, technical editing assistance, and document processing services were used throughout the project to manage and control the electronic processing of all Requests for Additional Information (RAIs) from the NRC and changes to the DCA. All responses to RAIs and changes to the DCA were initiated, approved, and processed electronically online.
“We are grateful to the team at Certrec for their contributions to our effort to achieve certification for our SMR design, particularly regarding our Revision 3 submission,” said Tom Bergman, NuScale Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. “NuScale has reached a critical milestone in this process, and we look forward to continuing to use Certrec’s TAKTIX® platform as we near the final stages of the NRC’s review of our groundbreaking technology.”
Processing RAIs and changes to the DCA by teams of people scattered across the country, presents a number of time-sensitive and logistical challenges. With approximately five weeks left before the submittal date, NuScale queried Certrec about the possibility of submitting Revision 3 a week early to allow extra review time for the NRC. The end of each revision requires a lot of time and effort from the Certrec team to prepare the final version of the submittal files, and losing a week of production time added extra challenges. However, by working closely with the NuScale team, Certrec was able to streamline the normal process, and Revision 3 was submitted one week ahead of schedule.
"NuScale's SMR design has generated wide-spread interest within the industry, and we appreciate the opportunity to play a role in the application process,” stated Brett McLain, Certrec’s Electronic Documents Manager. “Our relationship with the NuScale team has grown with each revision, and it is exciting to help them bring the DCA one step closer to completion."
“We are extremely proud to be a partner with NuScale,” said Michelle Thomas, Certrec Operations Director. “NuScale’s design is very important to the future of the nuclear power industry and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the team’s success.”
Certrec’s large-document processing services are in demand. The company currently is involved in several DCA/DCD/COLA projects as well as supporting the ongoing maintenance of several plant UFSARs.
Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology-based regulatory support services organization that has developed exceptional capabilities to support the electric power industry’s regulatory activities emanating from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC), and others.
Certrec’s industry professionals have direct working experience in all regulatory areas of licensing, compliance, and engineering. This expertise, combined with Certrec’s Information Technology assets, gives the electric power industry technology-based solutions and tools designed specifically to help them manage regulatory issues.
Nuclear, fossil, and renewable generation and transmission utilities and entities across the United States rely on Certrec’s highly skilled team to help direct the regulatory process to their advantage.
Certrec’s quality services and information security management system are ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified. Also, Certrec successfully has completed annual Type 2 SOC 2 examinations of its Document Management and Regulatory Services. Certrec’s performance of these annual examinations and audits assures clients of its commitment to maintaining or exceeding current levels of service.
NuScale Power is developing a new kind of nuclear plant—a safer, smaller, scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology—using technology initially developed and tested at Oregon State University. Fluor Corporation, a global engineering, procurement, and construction company with a 60-year history in commercial nuclear power, is the majority investor in NuScale. NuScale's design offers the benefits of carbon-free nuclear power and reduces the financial commitments associated with gigawatt size nuclear facilities. NuScale's technology is also ideally suited to supply energy for district heating, desalination, and other process heat applications.
At the heart of our technology is the fully factory fabricated NuScale Power Module™, an integral reactor vessel surrounded by a high-pressure steel containment, which, when coupled to its factory fabricated power generation equipment, can produce 60 megawatts of electricity. A NuScale power plant can house up to 12 of these modules for a total facility output of 720 megawatts (gross). The scalability afforded by the modular design allows customers to incrementally increase facility output to match demand. The NuScale Power Module™ is premised on well-established nuclear technology principles with a focus on integration of components, simplification or elimination of systems, and use of passive safety features, resulting in highly reliable operation underpinned by an extremely strong safety case and unparalleled asset protection, making it suitable to be sited at locations closer to where electricity or process heat are needed.
NuScale is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and has offices in Corvallis, OR; Rockville, MD; Charlotte, NC; Richland, WA; Arlington, VA; and London, UK. For more information visit: nuscalepower.com or follow us on Twitter: @NuScale_Power.