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    Inspections, Tests, and Accreditation Activities Associated with Qualification of Safety-Related Equipment for Nuclear Generating Stations

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    In recent years, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has uncovered a generic problem of gross inadequacies in safety-related equipment environmental qualifications conducted by the nuclear industry. This paper describes the NRC’s response to the problem through the development of an accreditation system for laboratories conducting such environmental qualifications.


    laboratory accreditation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, nuclear power plants, safety-related equipment, environmental qualifications

    Author Information:

    Rutherford, WR
    Senior mechanical engineer, Vendor and Special Programs Branch, Office of Inspection and Enforcement, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.

    Committee/Subcommittee: E36.60

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28561S