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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionTraining for Research and Training Reactor Inspectors

Authors: Gary Marlin Sandquist


Currently, a large number of license activities (Early Site Permits, Combined Operating License, reactor certifications, etc.), are pending for review before the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC). Much of the senior staff at the NRC is now committed to these review and licensing actions. To address this additional workload, the NRC has recruited a large number of new Regulatory Staff for dealing with these and other regulatory actions such as the US Fleet of Research and Test Reactors (RTRs). These reactors pose unusual demands on Regulatory Staff since the US Fleet of RTRs, although few (32 Licensed RTRs as of 2010), they represent a broad range of reactor types, operations, and research and training aspects that nuclear reactor power plants (such as the 104 LWRs) do not pose. The NRC must inspect and regulate all these facilities. This paper addresses selected training topics and regulatory activities providedNRC Inspectors for RTRs.

Keywords: training, Regulations, Research and Test Reactors, US NRC

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[1] O. Research and Test Reactor Technology Course, HRDT Course R- 106B, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, dated 2010, Washington D.C.
[2] Title 10 of the US Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20.1101 (10CFR20.1101).
[3] Title 10 of the US Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20.1301(a)(1) (10CFR20.1301(a)(1).
[4] Title 10 of the US Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20.1601 and 1902 (10CFR20 Sections 1601 and 1902).
[5] US Nuclear Regulatory Guide 2.2. (See reference 7)
[6] Standard ANSI N401-1974 (ANS-15.6) (See reference 7).
[7] US Nuclear Regulatory Guide 2.4