In the commercial nuclear power industry, licensing refers to the process of gaining government approval for operation of a plant. Part of this process includes demonstrating the ability to contain a fire and shut down the station safely. This ensures that risks due to fires in nuclear plants, such as the Brown’s Ferry disaster in 1975, are greatly reduced. Under current NRC licensing guidelines, all plants must include measures to detect, contain, mitigate, and suppress any fire in the plant. The experienced fire protection engineers and licensing engineers at ARS have the skills and the knowledge to assist any plant with the expertise necessary to comply with government regulations.
- The ARS licensing group provides the NRC regulatory conscience for both ARS and nuclear plant licensees.
- ARS licensing has extensive knowledge and background in NRC fire protection requirements, current rulings, and nuclear plant operations. This includes preparation and support for triennial fire inspections for NUREG 0800, Appendix R plants, and NFPA 805 plants.
- ARS licensing engineers provide guidance to clients for transition from deterministic fire protection to NFPA 805 risk-informed fire protection.
- The ARS licensing group has experience in assisting licensees to prepare for supplemental inspections, such as those scheduled for IP 95002 inspections for strategic performance cornerstones.