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December 02, 2021 | Tom Ballard

NRC formally accepts Kairos Power’s Construction Permit Application for Oak Ridge

More good news for Oak Ridge and its recent energy-related announcements.

On Tuesday the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced that it has formally accepted Kairos Power’s Construction Permit Application (CPA) for the Hermes low-power demonstration reactor to be built at the East Tennessee Technology Park Heritage Center site in Oak Ridge.

In a news release, Mike Laufer, Kairos Power Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This licensing milestone represents a significant achievement, concluding a tremendous cross-functional effort by the Kairos Power team to complete the application just 18 months after the decision to build the Hermes reactor was made. We are incredibly proud of our team’s commitment to achieving this goal in such a short time. This licensing effort, in combination with our ongoing technology development and manufacturing programs, will lay the groundwork to prove that we can deliver cost certainty for commercial demonstration and deployment.” .

In accordance with NRC regulations, the Hermes CPA consists of two primary parts: a Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (PSAR), submitted in September, followed by an Environmental Report (ER) in October. The announcement means the NRC has completed its acceptance review of the application, which determines whether there is sufficient technical information in scope and depth to move forward. The NRC will now embark on a detailed technical review.

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