The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent decision to modernize guidance for the siting of advanced reactors portends a hopeful future for the nuclear energy industry, according to Platts Inside NRC.

The proposed risk-informed licensing approach is expected to provide technological-inclusivity as well as performance-based principles to calculate population-related issues when siting advanced reactors. However, the NRC’s memorandum has yet to provide a schedule for revising the guidance.

 “[This decision] is a logical step in a more risk informed regulatory framework and will enable states and communities to site these designs to meet their future generation needs,” U.S. Nuclear Industry Council board member and Pillsbury Energy partner Jeff Merrifield told Platts Inside NRC. “It also creates enhanced opportunities to repurpose former fossil sites that are closer to urban loads which could also reduce deployment costs by reutilizing existing infrastructure.”