In the Matter of Centerpoint Energy, Inc., Texas Genco, LP (South Texas Project, Units 1 and 2); Order Approving Application Regarding Indirect License Transfers, 49322-49323 [E5-4596]

Download as PDF 49322 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 23, 2005 / Notices Notice. SUMMARY: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), and as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is inviting the general public or other Federal agencies to comment on this proposed continuing information collection. Written comments (see below for details) on this notice must be received by October 24, 2005, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Send comments to the address below. 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Expected Respondents: A statistical sample of approximately 60,000 persons, identified as having at least one degree at the bachelor’s degree level or PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 higher in science, engineering, or health, will be contacted. 3. Burden on the Public: The amount of time to complete the questionnaire may vary depending on an individual’s circumstances; however, on average it will take approximately 25 minutes to complete the survey. NSF estimates that the total annual burden will be 25,000 hours during the year. Dated: August 17, 2005. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 05–16645 Filed 8–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–M NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50–498 and 50–499; License Nos. NPF–76 and NPF–80] In the Matter of Centerpoint Energy, Inc., Texas Genco, LP (South Texas Project, Units 1 and 2); Order Approving Application Regarding Indirect License Transfers I STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC or the licensee) and owners Texas Genco, LP (Texas Genco or the applicant), the City Public Service Board of San Antonio (CPS), and the City of Austin, Texas (COA) are holders of Facility Operating License Nos. NPF– 76 and NPF–80, which authorize the possession, use, and operation of the South Texas Project, Units 1 and 2 (the facility or STP). STPNOC is licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) to operate STP. The facility is located at the licensees’ site in Matagorda County, Texas. II By application dated June 28, 2005, as supplemented by letter dated August 4, 2005, (collectively referred to herein as the application), STPNOC, acting on behalf of Texas Genco, requested that the NRC, pursuant to 10 CFR 50.80, consent to the proposed indirect transfer of control of the STP licenses to the extent held by Texas Genco. Texas Genco is a 44 percent owner and nonoperating licensee of STP. According to the application filed by STPNOC on behalf of Texas Genco, Texas Genco is indirectly owned by Texas Genco Holdings, Inc., which in turn is wholly owned by Texas Genco LLC. Texas Genco LLC is owned by investment funds affiliated with The Blackstone Group, Hellman & Friedman LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 23, 2005 / Notices and Texas Pacific Group (the Investment Funds) and certain members of the management team (Management owners). As stated in the application, the ultimate owners of Texas Genco are proposing a corporate restructuring such that several new entities would be interposed between (i) the Investment Funds and Management owners and (ii) Texas Genco LLC. This proposed restructuring is in anticipation of a proposed initial public offering of a minority interest in Texas Genco Inc. Texas Genco Inc. was incorporated on May 20, 2005, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of another new entity, Texas Genco Sponsor LLC. Immediately prior to the initial public offering, Texas Genco Sponsor LLC and Texas Genco Inc. will form a new limited liability company, Texas Genco Holdings LLC. Following certain transactions described in the application, and following the initial public offering, Texas Genco Inc. will become the sole managing member of Texas Genco Holdings LLC, and Texas Genco Holdings LLC will become the sole owner of Texas Genco LLC and the indirect owner of licensee Texas Genco, which shall at all times continue to be a licensed owner of STP. According to the application, the Investment Funds and Management owners would control Texas Genco Inc. through their ownership of a majority of the voting power in Texas Genco Inc., and continue to ultimately control Texas Genco. Approval of the indirect transfer of the facility operating licenses was requested by STPNOC pursuant to 10 CFR 50.80. Notice of the request for approval and an opportunity for a hearing was published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2005 (70 FR 42592). No comments or hearing requests were received. Under 10 CFR 50.80, no license, or any right thereunder, shall be transferred, directly or indirectly, through transfer of control of the license, unless the Commission shall give its consent in writing. Upon review of the information in the application by STPNOC and other information before the Commission, the NRC staff concludes that the proposed transactions and resulting indirect transfer of control of Texas Genco will not affect the qualifications of Texas Genco as a holder of the STP licenses, and that the indirect transfer of control of the licenses as held by Texas Genco, to the extent effected by the proposed transactions discussed above, is otherwise consistent with the applicable provisions of laws, regulations, and VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:03 Aug 22, 2005 Jkt 205001 orders issued by the NRC, pursuant thereto. The findings set forth above are supported by a safety evaluation dated August 16, 2005. III Accordingly, pursuant to Sections 161b, 161i, 161o, and 184 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), 42 U.S.C. 2201(b), 2201(i), 2201(o), and 2234; and 10 CFR 50.80, it is hereby ordered that the application regarding the indirect license transfers is approved, subject to the following condition: Should the proposed indirect license transfer not be completed within one year from the date of issuance, this Order shall become null and void, provided, however, upon written application and good cause shown, such date may in writing be extended. This Order is effective upon issuance. For further details with respect to this Order, see the initial application dated June 28, 2005, as supplemented by letter dated August 4, 2005, and the safety evaluation dated August 16, 2005, which are available for public inspection at the Commission’s Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Public File Area 01 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland and accessible electronically from the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/ reading-rm/adams.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1–800–397–4209, 301– 415–4737, or by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 16th day of August 2005. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Ledyard B. Marsh, Director, Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. E5–4596 Filed 8–22–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49323 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 50–271; License No. DPR–28] Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC and Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Notice of Issuance of Director’s Decision Under 10 CFR 2.206 Notice is hereby given that the Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) has issued a Director’s Decision with regard to a petition dated July 29, 2004, filed by Mr. Paul Blanch and Mr. Arnold Gundersen, hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘Petitioners.’’ The petition was supplemented on December 8, 2004. The petition concerns the operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (Vermont Yankee). The petition requested that the NRC issue a Demand for Information requiring Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC, and Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (Entergy or the licensee) to provide information that clearly and unambiguously describes how Vermont Yankee complies with the General Design Criteria (GDC) specified in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 50 Appendix A, or the draft GDC published by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1967. As the basis for their request, the Petitioners stated that this information is essential for two NRC regulatory activities at Vermont Yankee: (1) the NRC’s review of Entergy’s application for an extended power uprate (EPU), and (2) the NRC’s engineering assessment. The Petitioners stated that until the design bases are clearly identified, any inspection or assessment is meaningless. By teleconference on August 26, 2004, the Petitioners discussed the petition with the NRC’s Petition Review Board. This teleconference gave the Petitioners and the licensee an opportunity to provide additional information and to clarify issues raised in the petition. By letter dated May 13, 2005, the NRC staff requested Entergy provide information related to the petition. Entergy responded by letter dated June 14, 2005, and the information provided was considered by the staff in its evaluation of the petition. The NRC staff sent a copy of the proposed Director’s Decision to the Petitioners and to the licensee for comment by letters dated May 17, 2005. The staff did not receive any comments on the proposed Director’s Decision. The Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation has determined that the request to issue a Demand for E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1

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[Docket Nos. 50-498 and 50-499; License Nos. NPF-76 and NPF-80]


In the Matter of Centerpoint Energy, Inc., Texas Genco, LP (South 
Texas Project, Units 1 and 2); Order Approving Application Regarding 
Indirect License Transfers

I

    STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC or the licensee) and owners 
Texas Genco, LP (Texas Genco or the applicant), the City Public Service 
Board of San Antonio (CPS), and the City of Austin, Texas (COA) are 
holders of Facility Operating License Nos. NPF-76 and NPF-80, which 
authorize the possession, use, and operation of the South Texas 
Project, Units 1 and 2 (the facility or STP). STPNOC is licensed by the 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) to operate STP. 
The facility is located at the licensees' site in Matagorda County, 
Texas.

II

    By application dated June 28, 2005, as supplemented by letter dated 
August 4, 2005, (collectively referred to herein as the application), 
STPNOC, acting on behalf of Texas Genco, requested that the NRC, 
pursuant to 10 CFR 50.80, consent to the proposed indirect transfer of 
control of the STP licenses to the extent held by Texas Genco. Texas 
Genco is a 44 percent owner and non-operating licensee of STP.
    According to the application filed by STPNOC on behalf of Texas 
Genco, Texas Genco is indirectly owned by Texas Genco Holdings, Inc., 
which in turn is wholly owned by Texas Genco LLC. Texas Genco LLC is 
owned by investment funds affiliated with The Blackstone Group, Hellman 
& Friedman LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.,

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and Texas Pacific Group (the Investment Funds) and certain members of 
the management team (Management owners).
    As stated in the application, the ultimate owners of Texas Genco 
are proposing a corporate restructuring such that several new entities 
would be interposed between (i) the Investment Funds and Management 
owners and (ii) Texas Genco LLC. This proposed restructuring is in 
anticipation of a proposed initial public offering of a minority 
interest in Texas Genco Inc. Texas Genco Inc. was incorporated on May 
20, 2005, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of another new entity, Texas 
Genco Sponsor LLC. Immediately prior to the initial public offering, 
Texas Genco Sponsor LLC and Texas Genco Inc. will form a new limited 
liability company, Texas Genco Holdings LLC.
    Following certain transactions described in the application, and 
following the initial public offering, Texas Genco Inc. will become the 
sole managing member of Texas Genco Holdings LLC, and Texas Genco 
Holdings LLC will become the sole owner of Texas Genco LLC and the 
indirect owner of licensee Texas Genco, which shall at all times 
continue to be a licensed owner of STP. According to the application, 
the Investment Funds and Management owners would control Texas Genco 
Inc. through their ownership of a majority of the voting power in Texas 
Genco Inc., and continue to ultimately control Texas Genco.
    Approval of the indirect transfer of the facility operating 
licenses was requested by STPNOC pursuant to 10 CFR 50.80. Notice of 
the request for approval and an opportunity for a hearing was published 
in the Federal Register on July 25, 2005 (70 FR 42592). No comments or 
hearing requests were received.
    Under 10 CFR 50.80, no license, or any right thereunder, shall be 
transferred, directly or indirectly, through transfer of control of the 
license, unless the Commission shall give its consent in writing. Upon 
review of the information in the application by STPNOC and other 
information before the Commission, the NRC staff concludes that the 
proposed transactions and resulting indirect transfer of control of 
Texas Genco will not affect the qualifications of Texas Genco as a 
holder of the STP licenses, and that the indirect transfer of control 
of the licenses as held by Texas Genco, to the extent effected by the 
proposed transactions discussed above, is otherwise consistent with the 
applicable provisions of laws, regulations, and orders issued by the 
NRC, pursuant thereto.
    The findings set forth above are supported by a safety evaluation 
dated August 16, 2005.

III

    Accordingly, pursuant to Sections 161b, 161i, 161o, and 184 of the 
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), 42 U.S.C. 2201(b), 
2201(i), 2201(o), and 2234; and 10 CFR 50.80, it is hereby ordered that 
the application regarding the indirect license transfers is approved, 
subject to the following condition:

    Should the proposed indirect license transfer not be completed 
within one year from the date of issuance, this Order shall become 
null and void, provided, however, upon written application and good 
cause shown, such date may in writing be extended.

    This Order is effective upon issuance.
    For further details with respect to this Order, see the initial 
application dated June 28, 2005, as supplemented by letter dated August 
4, 2005, and the safety evaluation dated August 16, 2005, which are 
available for public inspection at the Commission's Public Document 
Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Public File Area 01 F21, 
11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland and accessible 
electronically from the Agencywide Documents Access and Management 
System (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the 
NRC Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. Persons who do 
not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the 
documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff 
by telephone at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to 
pdr@nrc.gov.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 16th day of August 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ledyard B. Marsh,
Director, Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation.
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