Certrec, a leading regulatory compliance solution provider, is pleased to announce its participation in the electronic processing and preparation of Revision 4 of the small modular reactor Design Certification Application (DCA) for NuScale Power’s submission to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on January 17, 2020.
“The submittal of NuScale Revision 4 of the Design Certification Application to the U.S. NRC provides the version that will be part of the Proposed Rule for our design certification, which could be issued this spring,” said Tom Bergman, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at NuScale Power. “This is a significant milestone and enables the NRC to maintain or finish their final review ahead of the certification schedule.”
Certrec’s TAKTIX® web-based project collaboration tool, technical editing assistance, and document processing services were used 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.
With Revision 3 submitted in August of 2019, this was a quick turnaround for Revision 4. The tools and processes we have built over the years with NuScale allow us to work efficiently and make great strides toward completing a DCA, commented Brett McLain, Certrec’s Electronic Documents Manager.
A solid relationship has been forged between NuScale and Certrec, as has a highly efficient process for managing the development of the DCA. Using Certrec’s TAKTIX® platform, teams of people in different parts of the country have been able to bypass typical logistical challenges of processing time-sensitive RAIs and changes to the DCA.
“Certrec’s partnership with NuScale is natural,” said Michelle Thomas, Certrec Executive Director of Operations. “Innovative, technology-based problem solving is at the core of both companies. We are very proud to be part of their team.”
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 has developed a new modular light water reactor nuclear power plant to supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, and other process heat applications. This groundbreaking small modular reactor (SMR) design features a fully factory-fabricated NuScale Power Module™ capable of generating 60 MW of electricity using a safer, smaller, and scalable version of pressurized water reactor technology. NuScale's scalable design – a power plant can house up to 12 individual power modules – offers the benefits of carbon-free energy and reduces the financial commitments associated with gigawatt-sized nuclear facilities. The majority investor in NuScale is Fluor Corporation, a global engineering, procurement, and construction company with a 60-year history in commercial nuclear power.
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