A news item posted to the Nuclear Street website indicates that Rosatom, the Russian Federation agency in charge of all nuclear power production (excluding the Chernobyl type RBMK reactors at the Leningrad nuclear station west of St. Petersburg), has announced it will seek to have the design of its VVER pressurized water reactors (PWRs) certified for use in the United States and Great Britain. One of the comments elicited by this news item indicated that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) probably did not have knowledgeable personnel who could assess the VVER design. But I think that might not be the case.

In one particularly telling incident, a procedure involving the response to a steam generator malfunction was presented for discussion by the Ukrainian team. The draft EOI involved scramming the reactor, which was contrary to common Soviet practice. When the Americans asked why the unit did not continue to operate with the remaining SGs while the malfunction was addressed, they were told succinctly, "We are not allowed to do that anymore."