What does the site agreement accomplish and what are the next steps?
The Department of Energy Use Permit, i.e., site use agreement or “Permit,” gives UAMPS the right to choose a location within the DOE’s site boundaries for the CFPP (Phase I) and then to construct and operate the CFPP on that site (Phase II). If all of the conditions of the Permit are met, UAMPS will have the right to use the CFPP site for a period of 99 years from the date the reactor starts commercial operation.
At the present time UAMPS is operating under Phase I. UAMPS has identified a preferred site and DOE has notified UAMPS that this site is acceptable. DOE will make a final decision on granting UAMPS rights to use the CFPP site to construct and operate the reactor. The final decision will be in the form of a Record of Decision under NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act). The date this final decision is issued will mark the end of Phase I and the beginning of Phase II.
Under Phase II, UAMPS will have the right to use the CFPP site to construct, operate and eventually decommission the reactor and CFPP site.
The Permit gives UAMPS a period of 10 years from the start of Phase I to obtain all the necessary NRC licenses and begin commercial operation of the reactor. The proposed schedule is included in the NuScale presentation which can be found here.