NRC to hold workshop for nuclear power vendors

For vendors interested in taking part in the nuclear power expansion in the U.S., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will explain its oversight process during a workshop June 28, 2012 in Baltimore.

“Vendors’ quality products and expertise are vital to ensuring new reactors are built to operate safely,” said Laura Dudes, director of the Division of Construction Inspection in the NRC’s Office of New Reactors. “We want to ensure current and potential vendors understand our requirements, and how rigorously we oversee construction sites and the vendors themselves.”

Presenters will include NRC staff, the Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC), the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Electric Power Research Institute and current nuclear vendors.

A Southern Co. (NYSE: SO)-led consortium is building two Westinghouse 1,117 MW AP1000 reactors at the existing Plant Vogtle site in Georgia. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. and Santee Cooper are also constructing two AP1000 reactors at its V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina.

The NRC said the workshop brings together members of the public, licensees, applicants, vendors, basic component suppliers, industry organizations, and the NRC staff to discuss issues including:

  • Vendor oversight for new reactor construction;
  • Quality assurance rulemaking activities;
  • International calibration laboratories;
  • Current activities to prevent the use of counterfeit, fraudulent, or suspect items;
  • Using commercial-grade items in safety-related applications;
  • Software quality assurance; and
  • Non-reactor vendor inspections.

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