TVA Files Early Site Permit for Potential SMRs at Clinch River

TVA files ESP for SMRs

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) filed an Early Site Permit application to potentially build and operate small nuclear reactors at the Clinch River Site in Tennessee.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will use the application to review site safety, environmental and emergency preparedness requirements for potential construction at the 1,200-acre site.

“We’re still several years away from any potential construction decision,” said Dan Stout, TVA senior manager for small modular reactors. “However, the application process helps pave the way for TVA to expand on its mission of environmental stewardship through clean energy development and for DOE to support licensing and siting requirements for U.S.-based SMR projects.”

TVA is considering the four SMR designs currently under development in the U.S. The utility and the U.S. Department of Energy signed an interagency agreement to jointly fund licensing activities for Clinch River with DOE reimbursing up to 50 percent of TVA’s costs through 2020.

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