Designing new plants, clear requirements and efficient processes should translate nuclear designs clearly into operations. Methods that improve translation benefit operations lowering risk, complementing safety and cost performance. Nuclear plant designs develop specifications that assure design integrity from construction into operations throughout plant life. With the certified design at startup, all plants should have (1) scheduled operations monitoring and maintenance plans; (2) developed by qualified engineers; and (3) based on engineering due diligence, equivalent to airline certified operations plans. Although existing rules apply requirements, tort laws have always required operating plans for products.

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