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Regulate nuclear safety like the FAA or UL

I think the nuclear safety regulatory methods are unduly expensive and confrontational. Nuclear systems are no more hazardous than many large industrial systems, and on the numbers, have a superior safety record to plants using hydroelectricity and fossil fuels, as well as refineries and many chemical plants. In a more traditional regulatory regime, the NRC would designate or license inspectors, inspecting firms or... more »

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Use a crowdsourcing tool for the internal NRC suggestion program

I suggest that the NRC consider the use of an on-line brainstorming tool like IdeaScale or other similar tools to replace or augment the current approaches for soliciting employee suggestions. Using the "wisdom of crowds" to refine the suggestions through an on-line discussion would probably result in better ideas and more participation in the program. Pre-set categories aligned with NRC product lines (rulemaking, licensing,... more »

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Provide New Cert Designs w/ Effective Reliability Assurance Plan

Responding to Three Mile Island (TMI), NRC developed 10 CFR Part 52, the ‘Combined License’ (COL) process nearly thirty years ago. The COL’s Quality Assurance Program (QAP) requires that certified plant designs have a ‘Reliability Assurance Program’ (RAP) to assure Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA)-assumed reliability.

Unfortunately, Reg Guide 1.206 (NUREG-0800) Standard Review Plan (SRP) Section 17.4 guidance remains... more »

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OpenNRC v2.0: A next gen opensource/opensocial portal

A pilot project to build a next-gen Nuclear Regulatory Commission portal for the Federal Community Cloud. The idea is to build a suite of opensocial portals, one at each Federal Agency, based on The Open Stack that will enable communication with all opensocial partners.

 

Useful Links:

http://tinyurl.com/yks78pg

http://bit.ly/cUrTv8

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