Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR-ISG-2006-02: Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental Reports Associated With License Renewal Applications; Solicitation of Public Comment, 7694-7695 [E7-2785]

Download as PDF 7694 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 32 / Friday, February 16, 2007 / Notices collection techniques or other forms of information technology? A copy of the draft supporting statement may be viewed free of charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O–1 F21, Rockville, MD 20852. OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC worldwide Web site: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ doc-comment/omb/index.html. The document will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments and questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the NRC Clearance Officer, Margaret A. Janney (T–5 F52), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, by telephone at 301–415–7245, or by Internet electronic mail to INFOCOLLECTS@NRC.GOV. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 8th day of February 2007. Margaret A. Janney, NRC Clearance Officer, Office of Information Services. [FR Doc. E7–2791 Filed 2–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR–ISG–2006–02: Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental ReportsAssociated With License Renewal Applications; Solicitation of Public Comment Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). ACTION: Solicitation of public comment. AGENCY: The NRC is soliciting public comment on its Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR– ISG–2006–02 (LR–ISG) on the acceptance review criteria for environmental reports (ER) provided by applicants for reactor license renewal. This LR–ISG summarizes the Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 51 (10 CFR Part 51) requirements for ERs submitted with license renewal applications (LRAs), and provides a checklist that will be used by the NRC staff to verify the completeness of these reports prior to docketing. The NRC staff issues LR–ISGs to facilitate timely implementation of the license renewal rule and to review activities associated with an LRA. Upon receiving public comments, the NRC staff will evaluate the comments and make a determination to incorporate the sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:03 Feb 15, 2007 Jkt 211001 comments, as appropriate. Once the NRC staff completes the LR–ISG, it will issue the LR–ISG for NRC and industry use. The NRC staff will also incorporate the approved LR–ISG into the next revision of the license renewal guidance documents. DATES: Comments may be submitted by April 17, 2007. Comments received after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted to: Chief, Rulemaking, Directives, and Editing Branch, Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. Comments should be delivered to: 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, Room T–6D59, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Federal workdays. Persons may also provide comments via e-mail at rgs@nrc.gov. The NRC maintains an Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC’s public documents. These documents may be accessed through the NRC’s Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at 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 NRC Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by e-mail at pdr@nrc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jennifer A. Davis, Project Manager, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington,DC 20555–0001; telephone 301–415–3835 or by e-mail at jxd10@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Attachment 1 to this Federal Register notice, entitled Staff Position and Rationale for the Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR– ISG–2006–02: Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental Reports Associated with License Renewal Applications, contains the NRC staff’s rationale for publishing the proposed LR–ISG–2006–02. Attachment 2 to this Federal Register notice, entitled Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR–ISG–2006– 02: Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental Reports Associated with License Renewal Applications, identifies the guidance for reviewing ERs received with LRAs. The NRC staff is issuing this notice to solicit public comments on the PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposedLR–ISG–2006–02. After the NRC staff considers any public comments, it will make a determination regarding issuance of the proposed LR– ISG. Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 8th day of February, 2007. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Pao-Tsin Kuo, Acting Director, Division of License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. Attachment 1—Staff Position and Rationale for the Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR– ISG–2006–02: Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental Reports Associated With License Renewal Applications Staff Position The NRC staff intends to use a checklist of acceptance criteria when evaluating environmental reports submitted with license renewal applications. This guidance summarizes the 10 CFR Part 51 requirements for environmental reports submitted with license renewal applications, and provides a checklist that documents the review process used by NRC staff to verify the completeness of these reports. Rationale The NRC developed a checklist of the requirements in 10 CFR Part 51 to document the NRC staff’s acceptance review standards regarding the information that needs to be included in an environmental report. The staff finds that the utilization of the guidance provided in the checklist will facilitate consistency and efficiency in the NRC staff’s acceptance reviews of environmental reports submitted with license renewal applications. Attachment 2—Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance lR– ISG–2006–02: Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental Reports Associated With License Renewal Applications Introduction Each applicant for renewal of a license to operate a nuclear power plant is required to submit with its application a separate environmental report (ER) in accordance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 54.23). As stated in 10 CFR 54.23, the ER must comply with the requirements of Subpart A of 10 CFR Part 51. The requirements governing the contents of an ER submitted at the operating license renewal stage are specified in 10 CFR 51.45 and 10 CFR 51.53(c). This LR–ISG is being proposed to document the staff’s practice in E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 32 / Friday, February 16, 2007 / Notices performing an acceptance review of ERs submitted as part of a license renewal application. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Background and Discussion The NRC staff routinely reviews ERs against the requirements of 10 CFR 51.45 and 10 CFR 51.53(c) as part of the acceptance review of reactor license renewal applications. Staff review guidance governing reactor license renewal environmental reviews and the preparation of environmental impact statements is provided in NUREG–1555, Standard Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for Nuclear Power Plants, Supplement 1: Operating License Renewal. In conducting its acceptance review, the staff also relies on the guidance provided to applicants in Regulatory Guide 4.2, Supplement 1, Preparation of Supplemental Environmental Reports for Applications to Renew Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses. The regulatory guide provides methods acceptable to the staff for implementing the provisions of 10 CFR 51.45 and 10 CFR 51.53(c). While conformance with the suggested format of the regulatory guide is not required, use of the guide is expected to ensure the completeness of the information provided, assist the NRC staff and others in locating information, and result in more efficient and timely NRC staff review. Proposed Action The acceptance review checklist for ERs submitted with license renewal applications, available via ADAMS at Accession No. ML063190452, will be incorporated into the next revision of NUREG–1555, Supplement 1. The acceptance checklist is intended to be a tool to ensure efficiency and consistency in the staff’s acceptance reviews and ensure that all necessary components of license renewal stage ERs are submitted in accordance with governing regulations. As noted in the checklist instructions, the absence of any of the information recommended in Regulatory Guide 4.2, Supplement 1, would not require that supplemental information be provided prior to acceptance of an application; however, applicants should expect that the absence of such information may result in more intensive environmental audit activities and/or issuance of early requests for additional information to support the staff’s review. The docketing and subsequent finding of a timely and sufficient application (including the ER) does not preclude NRC reviewers from requesting additional information as a review proceeds, nor does it predict the NRC’s VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:03 Feb 15, 2007 Jkt 211001 final determination regarding the approval or denial of a license renewal application. This proposed LR–ISG is not intended to substitute or re-interpret requirements outlined in 10 CFR 51.45 and 10 CFR 51.53(c). The checklist is also expected to serve as a knowledge management tool for NRC staff members by specifying review criteria in a simplified, user-friendly format. [FR Doc. E7–2785 Filed 2–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P POSTAL SERVICE New Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Postal Service. Notice of availability. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR-ISG-2006-02: 
Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental ReportsAssociated 
With License Renewal Applications; Solicitation of Public Comment

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Solicitation of public comment.

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SUMMARY: The NRC is soliciting public comment on its Proposed License 
Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR-ISG-2006-02 (LR-ISG) on the 
acceptance review criteria for environmental reports (ER) provided by 
applicants for reactor license renewal. This LR-ISG summarizes the 
Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 51 (10 CFR Part 51) 
requirements for ERs submitted with license renewal applications 
(LRAs), and provides a checklist that will be used by the NRC staff to 
verify the completeness of these reports prior to docketing. The NRC 
staff issues LR-ISGs to facilitate timely implementation of the license 
renewal rule and to review activities associated with an LRA. Upon 
receiving public comments, the NRC staff will evaluate the comments and 
make a determination to incorporate the comments, as appropriate. Once 
the NRC staff completes the LR-ISG, it will issue the LR-ISG for NRC 
and industry use. The NRC staff will also incorporate the approved LR-
ISG into the next revision of the license renewal guidance documents.

DATES: Comments may be submitted by April 17, 2007. Comments received 
after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but 
the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments 
received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted to: Chief, Rulemaking, Directives, 
and Editing Branch, Office of Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. Comments should be delivered to: 
11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, Room T-6D59, between 7:30 
a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Federal workdays. Persons may also provide 
comments via e-mail at rgs@nrc.gov. The NRC maintains an Agencywide 
Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and 
image files of NRC's public documents. These documents may be accessed 
through the NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at 
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 NRC Public Document Room (PDR) 
reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail at 
pdr@nrc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jennifer A. Davis, Project 
Manager, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington,DC 20555-0001; telephone 301-415-3835 or by e-
mail at jxd10@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Attachment 1 to this Federal Register 
notice, entitled Staff Position and Rationale for the Proposed License 
Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR-ISG-2006-02: Staff Guidance on 
Acceptance Review for Environmental Reports Associated with License 
Renewal Applications, contains the NRC staff's rationale for publishing 
the proposed LR-ISG-2006-02. Attachment 2 to this Federal Register 
notice, entitled Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR-
ISG-2006-02: Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental 
Reports Associated with License Renewal Applications, identifies the 
guidance for reviewing ERs received with LRAs.
    The NRC staff is issuing this notice to solicit public comments on 
the proposedLR-ISG-2006-02. After the NRC staff considers any public 
comments, it will make a determination regarding issuance of the 
proposed LR-ISG.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 8th day of February, 2007.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Pao-Tsin Kuo,
Acting Director, Division of License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation.

Attachment 1--Staff Position and Rationale for the Proposed License 
Renewal Interim Staff Guidance LR-ISG-2006-02: Staff Guidance on 
Acceptance Review for Environmental Reports Associated With License 
Renewal Applications

Staff Position

    The NRC staff intends to use a checklist of acceptance criteria 
when evaluating environmental reports submitted with license renewal 
applications. This guidance summarizes the 10 CFR Part 51 requirements 
for environmental reports submitted with license renewal applications, 
and provides a checklist that documents the review process used by NRC 
staff to verify the completeness of these reports.

Rationale

    The NRC developed a checklist of the requirements in 10 CFR Part 51 
to document the NRC staff's acceptance review standards regarding the 
information that needs to be included in an environmental report. The 
staff finds that the utilization of the guidance provided in the 
checklist will facilitate consistency and efficiency in the NRC staff's 
acceptance reviews of environmental reports submitted with license 
renewal applications.

Attachment 2--Proposed License Renewal Interim Staff Guidance lR-ISG-
2006-02: Staff Guidance on Acceptance Review for Environmental Reports 
Associated With License Renewal Applications

Introduction

    Each applicant for renewal of a license to operate a nuclear power 
plant is required to submit with its application a separate 
environmental report (ER) in accordance with Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR 54.23). As stated in 10 CFR 54.23, the ER 
must comply with the requirements of Subpart A of 10 CFR Part 51. The 
requirements governing the contents of an ER submitted at the operating 
license renewal stage are specified in 10 CFR 51.45 and 10 CFR 
51.53(c). This LR-ISG is being proposed to document the staff's 
practice in

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performing an acceptance review of ERs submitted as part of a license 
renewal application.

Background and Discussion

    The NRC staff routinely reviews ERs against the requirements of 10 
CFR 51.45 and 10 CFR 51.53(c) as part of the acceptance review of 
reactor license renewal applications. Staff review guidance governing 
reactor license renewal environmental reviews and the preparation of 
environmental impact statements is provided in NUREG-1555, Standard 
Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for Nuclear Power Plants, 
Supplement 1: Operating License Renewal.
    In conducting its acceptance review, the staff also relies on the 
guidance provided to applicants in Regulatory Guide 4.2, Supplement 1, 
Preparation of Supplemental Environmental Reports for Applications to 
Renew Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses. The regulatory guide 
provides methods acceptable to the staff for implementing the 
provisions of 10 CFR 51.45 and 10 CFR 51.53(c). While conformance with 
the suggested format of the regulatory guide is not required, use of 
the guide is expected to ensure the completeness of the information 
provided, assist the NRC staff and others in locating information, and 
result in more efficient and timely NRC staff review.

Proposed Action

    The acceptance review checklist for ERs submitted with license 
renewal applications, available via ADAMS at Accession No. ML063190452, 
will be incorporated into the next revision of NUREG-1555, Supplement 
1. The acceptance checklist is intended to be a tool to ensure 
efficiency and consistency in the staff's acceptance reviews and ensure 
that all necessary components of license renewal stage ERs are 
submitted in accordance with governing regulations. As noted in the 
checklist instructions, the absence of any of the information 
recommended in Regulatory Guide 4.2, Supplement 1, would not require 
that supplemental information be provided prior to acceptance of an 
application; however, applicants should expect that the absence of such 
information may result in more intensive environmental audit activities 
and/or issuance of early requests for additional information to support 
the staff's review. The docketing and subsequent finding of a timely 
and sufficient application (including the ER) does not preclude NRC 
reviewers from requesting additional information as a review proceeds, 
nor does it predict the NRC's final determination regarding the 
approval or denial of a license renewal application. This proposed LR-
ISG is not intended to substitute or re-interpret requirements outlined 
in 10 CFR 51.45 and 10 CFR 51.53(c). The checklist is also expected to 
serve as a knowledge management tool for NRC staff members by 
specifying review criteria in a simplified, user-friendly format.
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