NRC Approves Early Site Permit for SMRs at TVA’s Clinch River Site
- Dec 30, 2019 4:13 pm GMT
TVA became the first utility in the nation to successfully obtain approval for an early site permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to potentially construct and operate small modular reactors. SMFRs are a carbon-free energy alternative that aligns with TVA’s mission to pursue innovative technologies.
The 20-year permit, referred to as an Early Site Permit, approves the 935-acre Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tenn. for a nuclear facility that can produce up to 800 MWe total. TVA cited four SMR designs in its ESP application without stating a preference for any of them. An 800 MWe power station would likely require multiple units from any of the current SMR designs.
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