Technical Requirements Manual

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The NRC made some rule changes in the mid-1990’s that simplified a critical component of a nuclear power plant’s licensing basis. This reduced the paperwork burden on both the NRC and the sites. It also gave birth to a new kind of licensing basis document. Continue reading “Technical Requirements Manual”

The most important task performed by the tech specs

The Tech Specs don’t include the basis used to explain and justify them. Those explanations are contained in the Tech Specs Bases. That raises a question: what is the foundational purpose of the Tech Specs?

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A brief into to the Tech Specs

The Technical Specifications, or Tech Specs for short, are the documented technical parameters that govern the plant’s safe operation. Whereas the UFSAR reads more like a textbook, the Tech Specs usually consist of many different tables that list requirements, actions, and their frequencies. . . .

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The most common licensing basis documents

The NRC requires a new plant undergoing the licensing process to create a set of documents that will govern its operation. It reviews, and eventually approves, these documents, then grants an operating license on the basis of their content (and proof that the content has been implemented in the plant). Continue reading “The most common licensing basis documents”