A Case History of Successful Nuclear Power Plant Licensing

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by Edwin E. Van Brunt, Jr.,
Jay L. Smith,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991

Abstract: Statewide siting studies, site-selection, site characterization and receipt of a construction permit for the Palo Verde Project were accomplished in 50 months. This achievement was made possible by (1) providing experienced project management leadership by the licensee, (2) retaining an attorney experienced with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing, (3) developing a strategy for decision-making and licensing that was responsive to the needs of the NRC, (4) selecting a qualified investigative team of contractors and subcontractors, and (5) installing an architect/engineer to manage the contractors and provide independent review. A similar approach, applied to a high-level radioactive-waste repository program, should contribute to comparable licensing success.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Licensure and certification | Case studies | Nuclear power | Federal government | Contractors and subcontractors | Construction sites | Project management | Permits | Leadership | Arizona | North America | United States

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