As of the end of 2008, the domestic nuclear industry is planning to build a new generation of power plants. The industry has submitted applications to the NRC for 26 new reactors, based on five different designs:
The Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR)
The Evolutionary Pressurized Reactor (EPR)
The Westinghouse AP 1000
The Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESWBR)
The Advanced Pressurized-Water Reactor (APWR)
The NRC has certified the ABWR and AP 1000 designs, although it is now reviewing two revisions to the AP 1000 design. However, the industry has construction and operating experience only with the ABWR, and only...