The ATMEA1 reactor is ready for licensing. Support for operators is available to make this process as efficient as possible.
An efficient two-step licensing process
The ATMEA1 reactor has a smooth two-step licensing process, should it be required by national authorities:
- Step 1: Operators apply for a construction license.
- Step 2: Operators apply for an operating license.
The operated-and-tested ATMEA1 design ensures the licensing process is smooth for operators worldwide.
Recognized international standards
The ATMEA1 reactor was designed based on French and Japanese requirements, and complies with the following international regulatory bodies and safety commissions:
- US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
- International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
The ATMEA1 design also takes into account the following internationally recognized regulations, codes and standards:
It incorporates the latest regulatory trends for the following:
- Long-term containment integrity in the case of severe accidents
- Commercial airplane crash protection
- Protection against extreme external hazards
French nuclear regulatory body approval
In 2012, the French nuclear regulatory body ASN (L’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire) reviewed the ATMEA1 reactor’s safety options according to French safety legislation and technical requirements. The ASN concluded the following:
- Main equipment design choices are satisfactory.
- Safety systems comply with French technical guidelines.
- There are no outstanding issues that prevent construction of an ATMEA1 reactor in France.
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission approval
In 2013, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) conducted a pre-project review of the ATMEA1 reactor. The CNSC concluded the following:
- The ATMEA1 design had no outstanding issues and is therefore ready for construction licensing.
- The ATMEA Company understands Canadian regulatory requirements for new nuclear power plants.
- The ATMEA1 design intent is compliant with CNSC regulatory requirements.
In 2008, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reviewed the ATMEA1 conceptual design. Even at an early stage, the ATMEA1 design has complied with the IAEA’s high-level safety standards and requirements. For emerging nuclear countries that rely heavily on IAEA standards, this finding is a significant achievement.