The nuclear regulators of Canada as well as the United States have signed a one-of-its-kind Memorandum of Cooperation which shall be overlooking the collaboration of the two countries regarding the technical reviews of the advanced reactor as well as small modular reactor technologies.
The Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of the United States, Kristine Svinicki, and the President and the Chief Executive Officer, Rumina Velshi, of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission have signed the MOC in Ottawa which has been specifically designed for enhancing the regulatory via collaborative work.
The MOC, the first of its type between the U.S. and the Canadian regulators on development of nuclear power builds on a joint memorandum of comprehension signed in the year 2017 by the regulators.
Svinicki said that the signing of this memorandum would further shape their commitment to open as well as transformative thinking with their partners from Canada, increasing their willingness to work side by side on matters related to the development of advanced nuclear power safety while simultaneously increasing the effectiveness of the regulatory. Advanced technologies have been emerging at a rapid pace, expecting the regulators to keep in step with the modernization initiatives along with the technologies of the future.
According to the NRC, benefits of this collaboration include enhancing the effectiveness of both the agencies and also allowing for a combined approach to resolve the technical questions. This is very important as one of the major obstacles in the path of developing, and licensing the new technologies is the absence of sufficient staff for reviewing and understanding the modern technologies, some of which happen to be very innovative.
Merging the efforts of both agencies shall allow a faster review as well as approval and also faster detection of the flaws which would otherwise slow the development.