Utah Municiple Power Systems (UAMPS) has proposed to develop a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Project on land at the Idaho National Labatory. SMRs, also known as Multiple Modular Reactors (MMRs), are a new technology that has never been tried on a commercial scale. UAMPS Project would contain 12 inidvidual units to be housed together in the same reactor pool. Each unit would produce 50 mega Watts of energy, for a total of about 600 MW.
The UAMPS 47 Members are mostly municipalities in Utah, but have a few members in Arizona, Califiornia, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wyoming.
Several members have chosen to participate in the Project in the initial stages, providing initial funding. UAMPS is developing a Feasibility Study, which is expected to be completed in June 2017. The member utilities will then have to determine to what extent they will participate in the Project.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensing Process
The SMR will be licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards
The NRC Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) has a Subcommittee on the NuScale Reactor. The Subcommittee has met on August 16, 2016, and Februrary 7, 2017. ACRS meeting notices, agendas, and transcripts are available on the ACRS meeting webpage.
◊ NRC Information
• NRC NuScale Website:
• NRC Electronic Reading Room:
• Design Certification and Licensing Regulations - 10 C.F.R. Part 52
• Small Modular Reactor (SMR) and Advanced Reactor Technical and Policy Issues
◊ DOE Information
• SMR Technology Resources Center
• SMR Technologies: Reports and Presentations 1983 - 2010
Last Updated February 10, 2017