By: Shane McManus and Mark Jaeger
License renewal applications (LRAs) often involve commitments to future actions. These can be classified into one of three categories: appropriate, overcommitment, and ambiguous implementation. Appropriate commitments include those actions that are expected by the NRC (such as those explicitly identified in the GALL(1) and GALL-SLR(2)) as well as some less restrictive actions that are technically justified by engineering evaluation. These commitments can generally be implemented within one operating cycle using existing technology, are cost-effective, and are consistent with the GALL and GALL-SLR.
Overcommitments and those commitments with ambiguous implementations can be avoided and cost-effectiveness optimized by obtaining independent third party reviews (ITPR) of the LRA.