Great news, NRC issued a statement last Friday, that it will put on hold the approval of the AP 1000 reactors, given serious outstanding questions about its design.
Green America issued a statement noting that this is hopeful news, but noted NRC needs to continue accepting public comments, and should entirely suspend the license review process for the AP 1000. Below is Green America's full statement:
On May 20 the NRC stated: “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s efforts to confirm its review of Westinghouse’s amended AP1000 reactor design have resulted in the uncovering of additional technical issues. The NRC will always place its commitment to public safety and a transparent process before any other considerations; Westinghouse must resolve the issues before we can consider finalizing NRC certification of the design.” The NRC expects feedback from Westinghouse in early June about the NRC’s safety concerns. Green America joins our colleague organizations in strongly urging the NRC to continue to seek public comment on the AP 1000 reactor; to publicly disclose the findings about safety concerns related to this reactor; and to suspend the license review process for the AP 1000.