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Document history of discussion paper DIS-16-04,Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is asking the public to provide their comments on discussion paper DIS-16-04, Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges.

As a responsible regulator, the CNSC is committed to continuous improvement and seeks to further clarify its regulatory framework as it may apply to small modular reactors (SMRs). This discussion paper provides an overview of potential regulatory issues associated SMRs and how they could be addressed. In summary, the paper explains:

  • issues at a high level, along with a short description of specific items to be addressed in future work
  • how the CNSC plans to address these issues using existing regulatory tools and processes
  • the implications of the innovative approaches being considered by SMR proponents that need to be examined to a greater degree to confirm if additional supporting regulatory requirements or guidance are needed


The consultation period for DIS-16-04 has ended.

Document milestone Dates Links
Invitation to provide feedback on comments November 14 to December 5, 2016 View the comments received:
Feedback on comments December 5, 2016
  • No comments received
Publication of What We Heard Report September 18, 2017 What We Heard report

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