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Staff, Strategies, and Solutions for Nuclear Plant Licensing
“Regulatory constraints that current plants operate to are now over 40 years old. Technological and regulatory innovation beyond defense-in-depth has begun but is not being fully utilized. When you’re reviewing a problem, you need to know what questions are worth asking and how to deal with the design.” - Keith Graham, President of Regulatory Technology Services
The rules are changing: Change is mandatory
The nuclear power industry is experiencing mid-life licensing basis issues. The existing regulations for licensing nuclear plants, now more than 40 years old, are evolving to reflect technological and regulatory innovations. As plants age, systems become obsolete, regulations are revised, and new compliance strategies emerge: All of these impact the existing licensing bases.
The RTS approach is based, first and foremost, on respect for the client. The execution to solve problems is different for every plant owner. The RTS team can assist in determining where improvements are needed, based on the unique plant history. A combination of self-assessment, benchmarking, and site-specific innovation is part of the formula to recover and increase regulatory margin.
The RTS team has a knack for taking the chaos out of Nuclear Regulatory Affairs. Plants that get labeled as poor performers – and survive – are the same ones that are responsible for convincing comebacks. RTS is a conduit of staff, strategies, and solutions for nuclear plant licensing. Specialized staff support with specific strategies is the energy needed to move to the next level.
Regulatory Technology Services has a history of providing:
• Staff Augmentation for Operational Licensing
• Strategies for recovery from ROP Degraded Nuclear Safety Cornerstone conditions
• Evaluations of Significant Cross-Cutting Issues (SCCI)
• Solutions to emergent regulatory issues
SPECIALIZED STAFF SUPPORT
RTS is ready to help each client determine specific staffing needs and deliver the staffing solutions best suited for the client’s requirements. RTS employees are team players ready to join forces with your plant staff and create the solutions that are needed. As specialists in the field of nuclear regulatory affairs they are ready to engage with your team to:
• Sustain the Nuclear Safety Margins in the current licensing basis
• Promote integrity in relationships with outside oversight organizations
• Support the development of technically acceptable solutions that meet and exceed regulatory requirements
• Provide licensing basis input consistent with senior leadership team policies and organizational strategies
Existing nuclear plants face special challenges when it comes to operational licensing: Routine evaluations or early crisis intervention are the most-effective strategy long-term. RTS is committed to using regulatory technology to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
A prompt response is needed when NRC Reactor Oversight Process (ROP) Degraded Cornerstone and Significant Cross-cutting Issues (SCCI) are identified. RTS specializes in the skills needed to return your plant to the Licensee Response Column of the NRC’s ROP Action Matrix. RTS understands the nuclear regulatory and licensing legal framework, practices, accountabilities and plant operations concepts, principles, and practices.
RTS can mobilize experienced industry experts to ensure plant owners are able to properly respond to US NRC identified regulatory compliance issues. The integrity of the plant owner’s response to degraded nuclear safety cornerstones is critical to regulatory performance; the timeliness of those responses is critical path for the plant’s financial performance.
“The RTS Team is focused on solutions to your plant licensing basis issues. Many plant owners look at change as a challenge, an obstacle, a hurdle. We look at it as an opportunity to increase regulatory confidence and margin.”
- Keith Graham, President of Regulatory Technology Services
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