International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sources indicate there are 53 nuclear reactors under construction globally. The U.S. has two nuclear reactors under construction, including the VOGTLE-3 and VOGTLE-4.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is tasked with regulating new reactor facilities. This process includes a review of applications submitted by prospective licensees, and when determined appropriate, the NRC issues standard design certifications, early site permits, limited work authorizations, construction permits, operating licenses and combined licenses. Combined licenses (COL) authorize the licensee to construct – with specified conditions – and operate a nuclear power plant at a specific site.
The NRC lists all COL applications that the Commission has received, to date. There are 18 proposed new reactors; however, 10 of them have either withdrawn or are suspended.
Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, May 2020
Updated by Theresa Pipher, November 2020
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