Determining the Appropriate Emergency Planning Zone for Small Modular Reactors

 

 

Pittsburgh Technical is working with nuclear industry stakeholders to determine the appropriate size of the emergency planning zone (EPZ) for small modular reactors. The EPZ is the distance around a nuclear power plant that has a predetermined emergency plan in place in response to the possibility of a nuclear accident at the plant. Current Large Light Water Reactors (LLWR) in operation have a 10-mile and 50-mile inhalation and ingestion  EPZ distances. Given the SMR has a lower risk profile than the LLWR plants, Pittsburgh Technical is assisting in the determination of the appropriate EPZ distances for the SMR plants. This work is significant to support the cost effectiveness of the future SMR plants.

 

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  • Pittsburgh Technical issues study to improve atmospheric dispersion models for nuclear power plants:
    • ASSESSMENT OF NUCLEAR ACCIDENT-RELATED ATMOSPHERIC DISPERSION METHODS AND MODELS TO SUPPORT ESTABLISHMENT OF A SCALABLE EMERGENCY PLANNING ZONE FOR SMALL MODULAR REACTORS - EPRI ANT LR 2016-05 (note this is an Electric Power Research Institute proprietary report produced under contract by Pittsburgh Technical).

  • Pittsburgh Technical issues summary of research findings and gap assessment of technical requirements to support SMR emergency preparedness framework
    • EPRI ANT LR 2016-02 (note this is an Electric Power Research Institute) proprietary report produced under contract by Pittsburgh Technical.

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