Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) April 09, 2013
Certrec, a leading licensing and regulatory compliance provider for NRC, FERC, and NERC compliance, announced today the development of the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations (ISFSI) Utility Group. Modeled after existing Regional Utility Groups (RUGs), the ISFSI Utility Group will facilitate the exchange of regulatory compliance and licensing information between ISFSI licensees.
“Recognizing that exchange of operational and compliance experience is essential to successful ISFSI operation, Certrec is pleased to facilitate this communication through our new ISFSI Utility Group,” says Ted Enos, President of Certrec. “The number of Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installations has risen rapidly and in a few years nearly every U.S. nuclear plant site will have fuel in dry storage. Collaboration among operators through the ISFSI Utility Group will enhance effective communication between ISFSI operators,” notes Enos.”
Regulatory requirements regarding spent fuel are becoming more complex due to lengthening ISFSI storage times. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is devoting increased resources to ISFSI oversight and periodic security upgrades are expected.
Certrec will facilitate quarterly roundtable calls for ISFSI members regarding issues emerging from NRC inspections, the impact of new regulations on operational resources, maintenance and safety, and managing communications with regulators.
Certrec will also host an interactive ISFSI website that simplifies the sharing of information among ISFSI members.
“Although spent nuclear fuel has been stored on site safely for decades, new issues continue to arise during routine compliance inspections,” says Al Haeger, Certrec’s Office of Licensing and Compliance Director. “As such, prompt communication on regulatory issues affecting ISFSIs is essential. The ISFSI Utility Group website will be an extremely useful vehicle for members to keep up to date and exchange information easily.”
The new ISFSI Utility Group is modeled after existing Regional Utility Groups (RUG). The RUG groups focus on regulatory issues relating to operating plants. Their roundtable discussions include compliance issues emerging from NRC inspections. The RUGs also facilitate joint communications with regional NRC management on new issues in a relatively collaborative environment. The RUG compliance focus complements the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) industry-wide initiatives on licensing issues.
The initial industry response has been strong. The membership already includes utilities responsible for the operation of 48 ISFSIs. 3rd party suppliers of dry fuel storage and transport casks are also participating.
Founded in 1988, CERTREC is a regulatory compliance process expert that helps utilities manage the regulatory process to their advantage. With more than 300 cumulative years of regulatory and industry experience with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and other Regional Entities, Certrec’s Office of Licensing and Compliance, Office of NERC Compliance, Office of Assessment and Recovery and New Plant services are used by utilities across North America.