Progress Energy Florida, Inc.; Application for the Levy County Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2; Notice of Order, Hearing, and Opportunity To Petition for Leave To Intervene, 74532-74536 [E8-28946]

Download as PDF 74532 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices LLC pursuant to Subpart C of 10 CFR part 52 for a combined license for Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3, which would be located in Calvert County, Maryland. The State of Maryland also submitted a request to participate in the proceeding as an interested State. The Board is comprised of the following administrative judges: Ronald M. Spritzer, Chairman, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; Gary S. Arnold, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; William W. Sager, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. All correspondence, documents, and other materials shall be filed in accordance with the NRC E-Filing rule, which the NRC promulgated in August 2007 (72 FR 49,139). Issued at Rockville, Maryland, this 2nd day of December 2008. E. Roy Hawkens, Chief Administrative Judge, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel. [FR Doc. E8–28950 Filed 12–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 16, 2008, Notice of Hearing and Opportunity to Petition for Leave to Intervene on a Combined License for the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 and 4 (73 FR 53,446). The Petition to Intervene challenges the application filed by Southern Nuclear Operating Company pursuant to Subpart C of 10 CFR Part 52 for a combined license for Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4, which would be located in Burke County, Georgia. The Board is comprised of the following administrative judges: G. Paul Bollwerk, III, Chairman, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; Nicholas G. Trikouros, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; James F. Jackson, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. All correspondence, documents, and other materials shall be filed in accordance with the NRC E-Filing rule, which the NRC promulgated in August 2007 (72 FR 49,139). Issued at Rockville, Maryland, this 2nd day of December 2008. E. Roy Hawkens, Chief Administrative Judge, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel. [FR Doc. E8–28951 Filed 12–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P [Docket Nos. 52–025–COL and 52–026– COL; ASLBP No.09–873–01–COL–BD01] Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Establishment of Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Pursuant to delegation by the Commission dated December 29, 1972, published in the Federal Register, 37 FR 28,710 (1972), and the Commission’s regulations, see 10 CFR 2.104, 2.300, 2.303, 2.309, 2.311, 2.318, and 2.321, notice is hereby given that an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (Board) is being established to preside over the following proceeding: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Southern Nuclear Operating Company (Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4) This proceeding concerns a Petition to Intervene from the Atlanta Women’s Action for New Directions (Atlanta, WAND), Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), Center for a Sustainable Coast (CSC), Savannah Riverkeeper, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), which was submitted in response to a September VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 52–029 and 52–030] Progress Energy Florida, Inc.; Application for the Levy County Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2; Notice of Order, Hearing, and Opportunity To Petition for Leave To Intervene Pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and the regulations in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 2, ‘‘Rules of Practice for Domestic Licensing Proceedings and Issuance of Orders,’’ 10 CFR part 50, ‘‘Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities,’’ and 10 CFR part 52, ‘‘Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants,’’ notice is hereby given that a hearing will be held, at a time and place to be set in the future by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, the Commission) or designated by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (Board). The hearing PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will consider the application dated July 28, 2008, and supplemental information dated September 12, 2008, filed by Progress Energy Florida, Inc. (PEF), pursuant to Subpart C of 10 CFR Part 52, for a combined license (COL). The application requests approval of a COL for Levy Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2, to be located in Levy County, Florida. The application also requests a limited work authorization pursuant to 10 CFR 50.10. The application was accepted for docketing on October 6, 2008 (October 14, 2008; 73 FR 60726). The docket numbers established for this COL application are 52–029 and 52– 030. The Levy County COL application incorporates by reference Appendix D to 10 CFR 52 (which includes the AP1000 design through Revision 15), as amended by the AP1000 Design Control Document (DCD) submitted by Westinghouse as Revision 16 and Westinghouse Technical Report APP– GW–GLR–134, Revision 5. By letter to Westinghouse dated January 18, 2008, the staff accepted DCD Revision 16 for docketing. Proposed amendments to the AP1000 certified design are the subject of an ongoing rulemaking under docket number 52–006. The hearing will be conducted by a Board that will be designated by the Chairman of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel or will be conducted by the Commission. Notice as to the membership of the Board will be published in the Federal Register at a later date. The NRC staff will complete a detailed technical review of the application and will document its findings in a safety evaluation report. The Commission will refer a copy of the application to the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) in accordance with 10 CFR 52.87, ‘‘Referral to the ACRS,’’ and the ACRS will report on those portions of the application that concern safety. The NRC staff will also prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, as required by 10 CFR 51.20(b)(2). Any person whose interest may be affected by this proceeding and desire to participate as a party to this proceeding must file a written petition for leave to intervene in accordance with 10 CFR 2.309. Those permitted to intervene become parties to the proceeding, subject to any limitations in the order granting leave to intervene, and have the opportunity to participate fully in the conduct of the hearing. A petition for a leave to intervene must be filed no later than 60 days from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Non-timely filings will not be entertained absent a determination by the Commission or E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices presiding officer designated to rule on the petition, pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 2.309(c)(i)– (viii). All documents filed in NRC adjudicatory proceedings, including petitions to intervene and requests to participate as an interested government entity under 10 CFR 2.315(c), must be filed in accordance with the NRC EFiling rule, which was promulgated by the NRC on August 28, 2007 (72 FR 49139). The E-Filing process requires participants to submit and serve documents over the Internet or in some cases to mail copies on electronic storage media. Participants may not submit paper copies of their filings unless they seek a waiver in accordance with the procedures described below. To comply with the procedural requirements of E-Filing, at least 10 days prior to the filing deadline, the petitioner must contact the Office of the Secretary by e-mail at HearingDocket@nrc.gov, or by calling (301) 415–1677, to request (1) a digital ID certificate, which allows the participant (or its counsel or representative) to digitally sign documents and access the E-Submittal server for any proceeding in which it is participating; and/or (2) creation of an electronic docket for the proceeding (even in instances in which the petitioner (or its counsel or representative) already holds an NRCissued digital ID certificate). Each participant will need to download the Workplace Forms ViewerTM to access the Electronic Information Exchange (EIE), a component of the E-Filing system. The Workplace Forms ViewerTM is free and is available at http:// www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals/ install-viewer.html. Information about applying for a digital ID certificate is available on NRC’s public Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/esubmittals/apply-certificates.html. Once a participant has obtained a digital ID certificate, had a docket created, and downloaded the EIE viewer, it can then submit a filing. Submissions should be in Portable Document Format (PDF) in accordance with NRC guidance available on the NRC public Web site at http:// www.nrc.gov/site-help/esubmittals.html. A filing is considered complete at the time the filer submits its documents through EIE. To be timely, an electronic filing must be submitted to the EIE system no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date. Upon receipt of a transmission, the E-Filing system time-stamps the document and sends the submitter an e-mail notice confirming receipt of the document. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 EIE system also distributes an e-mail notice that provides access to the document to the NRC Office of the General Counsel and any others who have advised the Office of the Secretary that they wish to participate in the proceeding, so that the filer need not serve the documents on those participants separately. Therefore, applicants and other participants (or their counsel or representative) must apply for and receive a digital ID certificate before a petition to intervene is filed so that they can obtain access to the document via the E-Filing system. A person filing electronically may seek assistance through the ‘‘Contact Us’’ link located on the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/esubmittals.html or by calling the NRC Meta-System Help Desk, which is available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. The Meta-System Help Desk can be contacted by telephone at 1–866–672– 7640 or by e-mail at MSHD.Resource@nrc.gov. Participants who believe that they have a good cause for not submitting documents electronically must file a motion, in accordance with 10 CFR 2.302(g), with their initial paper filing requesting authorization to continue to submit documents in paper format. Such filings must be submitted by: (1) First class mail addressed to the Office of the Secretary of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, Attention: Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff; or (2) courier, express mail, or expedited delivery service to the Office of the Secretary, Sixteenth Floor, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, Attention: Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff. Participants filing a document in this manner are responsible for serving the document on all other participants. Filing is considered complete by firstclass mail as of the time of deposit in the mail, or by courier, express mail, or expedited delivery service upon depositing the document with the provider of the service. Non-timely requests and/or petitions and contentions will not be entertained absent a determination by the Commission, the presiding officer, or the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board that the petition and/or request should be granted and/or the contentions should be admitted based on a balancing of the factors specified in 10 CFR 2.309(c)(1)(i)–(viii). To be timely, filings must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the due date. PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74533 Documents submitted in adjudicatory proceedings will appear in NRC’s electronic hearing docket which is available to the public at http:// ehd.nrc.gov/EHD_Proceeding/home.asp, unless excluded pursuant to an order of the Commission, an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, or a Presiding Officer. Participants are requested not to include personal privacy information, such as social security numbers, home addresses, or home phone numbers in their filings. With respect to copyrighted works, except for limited excerpts that serve the purpose of the adjudicatory filings and would constitute a Fair Use application, participants are requested not to include copyrighted materials in their submission. Any person who files a motion pursuant to 10 CFR 2.323 must consult with counsel for the applicant and counsel for the NRC staff who are listed below. Counsel for the applicant is John H. O’Neill, John.O’Neill@pillsburylaw.com, (202) 663–8148. Counsel for the NRC staff in this proceeding are Jody Martin, Jody.Martin@nrc.gov, (301) 415–1569, and Sara E. Brock, Sara.Brock@nrc.gov, (301) 415–8393. A person who is not a party may be permitted to make a limited appearance by making an oral or written statement of his position on the issues at any session of the hearing or any pre-hearing conference within the limits and conditions fixed by the presiding officer, but may not otherwise participate in the proceeding. These limited appearance statements need not be submitted using the E-Filing process. Documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Public File Area O1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland, and will be accessible electronically through the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room link 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 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.Resource@nrc.gov. The application is also available at http://www.nrc.gov/ reactors/new-reactors/col/levy.html. The ADAMS accession number for the COL application cover letter is ML082260277. To search for documents in ADAMS using the Levy County COL application docket numbers, 52–029 and 52–030, enter the terms ‘‘05200029’’ E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 74534 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES and ‘‘05200030’’ in the ‘‘Docket Number’’ field when using either the web-based search (advanced search) engine or the ADAMS find tool in Citrix. The AP1000 DCD through Revision 15, which is incorporated by reference into Appendix D of Part 52, can be found by going to http://www.nrc.gov/ reactors/new-reactors/design-cert/ ap1000.html. The AP1000 DCD Revision 16 can be found using ADAMS accession number ML071580939 or by going to http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/ new-reactors/col/levy.html. To search for documents in ADAMS using the docket number for the proposed amendments to the AP1000 design certification, 52–006, enter the term ‘‘05200006’’ in the ADAMS ‘‘Docket Number’’ field. Order Imposing Procedures for Access to Sensitive Unclassified NonSafeguards Information and Safeguards Information for Contention Preparation 1. This order contains instructions regarding how potential parties to this proceeding may request access to documents containing sensitive unclassified information (including Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information (SUNSI) and Safeguards Information (SGI)). 2. Within 10 days after publication of this notice of hearing and opportunity to petition for leave to intervene, any potential party as defined in 10 CFR 2.4 who believes access to SUNSI or SGI is necessary for a response to the notice may request access to SUNSI or SGI. A ‘‘potential party’’ is any person who intends or may intend to participate as a party by demonstrating standing and the filing of an admissible contention under 10 CFR 2.309. Requests submitted later than 10 days will not be considered absent a showing of good cause for the late filing, addressing why the request could not have been filed earlier. 3. The requester shall submit a letter requesting permission to access SUNSI and/or SGI to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, Attention: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, and provide a copy to the Associate General Counsel for Hearings, Enforcement and Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC 20555–0001. The expedited delivery or courier mail address for both offices is U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The e-mail address for the Office of the Secretary and the Office of the General Counsel are HearingDocket@nrc.gov and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 OGCmail@nrc.gov, respectively.1 The request must include the following information: a. A description of the licensing action with a citation to this Federal Register notice of hearing and opportunity to petition for leave to intervene; b. The name and address of the potential party and a description of the potential party’s particularized interest that could be harmed by the action identified in (a); c. If the request is for SUNSI, the identity of the individual requesting access to SUNSI and the requester’s need for the information in order to meaningfully participate in this adjudicatory proceeding, particularly why publicly available versions of the application would not be sufficient to provide the basis and specificity for a proffered contention; d. If the request is for SGI, the identity of the individual requesting access to SGI and the identity of any expert, consultant or assistant who will aid the requester in evaluating the SGI, and information that shows: (i) Why the information is indispensable to meaningful participation in this licensing proceeding; and (ii) The technical competence (demonstrable knowledge, skill, experience, training or education) of the requester to understand and use (or evaluate) the requested information to provide the basis and specificity for a proffered contention. The technical competence of a potential party or its counsel may be shown by reliance on a qualified expert, consultant or assistant who demonstrates technical competence as well as trustworthiness and reliability, and who agrees to sign a nondisclosure affidavit and be bound by the terms of a protective order; and e. If the request is for SGI, Form SF– 85, ‘‘Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions,’’ Form FD–258 (fingerprint card), and a credit check release form completed by the individual who seeks access to SGI and each individual who will aid the requester in evaluating the SGI. For security reasons, Form SF–85 can only be submitted electronically, through a restricted-access database. To obtain online access to the form, the requester should contact the NRC’s Office of Administration at 301–415– 1 While a request for hearing or petition to intervene in this proceeding must comply with the filing requirements of the NRC’s ‘‘E-Filing Rule,’’ the initial request to access SUNSI and/or SGI under these procedures should be submitted as described in this paragraph. PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0320.2 The other completed forms must be signed in original ink, accompanied by a check or money order payable in the amount of $191.00 to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for each individual, and mailed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Administration, Security Processing Unit, Mail Stop T–6E46, Washington, DC 20555–0012. These forms will be used to initiate the background check, which includes fingerprinting as part of a criminal history records check. Note: copies of these forms do not need to be included with the request letter to the Office of the Secretary, but the request letter should state that the forms and fees have been submitted as described above. 4. To avoid delays in processing requests for access to SGI, all forms should be reviewed for completeness and accuracy (including legibility) before submitting them to the NRC. Incomplete packages will be returned to the sender and will not be processed. 5. Based on an evaluation of the information submitted under items 2 and 3.a through 3.d, above, the NRC staff will determine within 10 days of receipt of the written access request whether (1) there is a reasonable basis to believe the petitioner is likely to establish standing to participate in this NRC proceeding, and (2) there is a legitimate need for access to SUNSI or need to know the SGI requested. For SGI, the need to know determination is made based on whether the information requested is necessary (i.e., indispensable) for the proposed recipient to proffer and litigate a specific contention in this NRC proceeding 3 and whether the proposed recipient has the technical competence (demonstrable knowledge, skill, training, education, or experience) to evaluate and use the specific SGI requested in this proceeding. 6. If standing and need to know SGI are shown, the NRC staff will further determine based upon completion of the background check whether the proposed recipient is trustworthy and reliable. The NRC staff will conduct (as 2 The requester will be asked to provide his or her full name, social security number, date and place of birth, telephone number, and e-mail address. After providing this information, the requester usually should be able to obtain access to the online form within one business day. 3 Broad SGI requests under these procedures are thus highly unlikely to meet the standards for need to know; furthermore, staff redaction of information from requested documents before their release may be appropriate to comport with this requirement. These procedures do not authorize unrestricted disclosure or less scrutiny of a requester’s need to know than ordinarily would be applied in connection with an already-admitted contention. E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices necessary) an inspection to confirm that the recipient’s information protection systems are sufficient to protect SGI from inadvertent release or disclosure. Recipients may opt to view SGI at the NRC’s facility rather than establish their own SGI protection program to meet SGI protection requirements. 7. A request for access to SUNSI or SGI will be granted if: a. The request has demonstrated that there is a reasonable basis to believe that a potential party is likely to establish standing to intervene or to otherwise participate as a party in this proceeding; b. The proposed recipient of the information has demonstrated a need for SUNSI or a need to know for SGI, and that the proposed recipient of SGI is trustworthy and reliable; c. The proposed recipient of the information has executed a NonDisclosure Agreement or Affidavit and agrees to be bound by the terms of a Protective Order setting forth terms and conditions to prevent the unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure of SUNSI and/ or SGI; and d. The presiding officer has issued a protective order concerning the information or documents requested.4 Any protective order issued shall provide that the petitioner must file SUNSI or SGI contentions 25 days after receipt of (or access to) that information. However, if more than 25 days remain between the petitioner’s receipt of (or access to) the information and the deadline for filing all other contentions (as established in the notice of hearing or opportunity for hearing), the petitioner may file its SUNSI or SGI contentions by that later deadline. 8. If the request for access to SUNSI or SGI is granted, the terms and conditions for access to sensitive unclassified information will be set forth in a draft protective order and affidavit of non-disclosure appended to a joint motion by the NRC staff, any other affected parties to this proceeding,5 and the petitioner(s). If the diligent efforts by the relevant parties or petitioner(s) fail to result in an agreement on the terms and conditions for a draft protective order or nondisclosure affidavit, the relevant parties to the proceeding or the petitioner(s) should notify the presiding officer within 5 days, describing the obstacles to the agreement. 9. If the request for access to SUNSI is denied by the NRC staff or a request for access to SGI is denied by NRC staff either after a determination on standing and need to know or, later, after a determination on trustworthiness and reliability, the NRC staff shall briefly state the reasons for the denial. Before the Office of Administration makes an adverse determination regarding access, the proposed recipient must be provided an opportunity to correct or explain information. The requester may challenge the NRC staff’s adverse determination with respect to access to SUNSI or with respect to standing or need to know for SGI by filing a challenge within 5 days of receipt of that determination with (a) the presiding officer designated in this proceeding; (b) if no presiding officer has been appointed, the Chief Administrative Judge, or if he or she is unavailable, another administrative judge, or an administrative law judge with jurisdiction pursuant to 10 CFR 2.318(a); or (c) if another officer has been designated to rule on information access issues, with that officer. In the same manner, an SGI requester may challenge an adverse determination on trustworthiness and reliability by filing a challenge within 15 days of receipt of that determination. 74535 In the same manner, a party other than the requester may challenge an NRC staff determination granting access to SUNSI whose release would harm that party’s interest independent of the proceeding. Such a challenge must be filed within 5 days of the notification by the NRC staff of its grant of such a request. If challenges to the NRC staff determinations are filed, these procedures give way to the normal process for litigating disputes concerning access to information. The availability of interlocutory review by the Commission of orders ruling on such NRC staff determinations (whether granting or denying access) is governed by 10 CFR 2.311.6 10. The Commission expects that the NRC staff and presiding officers (and any other reviewing officers) will consider and resolve requests for access to SUNSI and/or SGI, and motions for protective orders, in a timely fashion in order to minimize any unnecessary delays in identifying those petitioners who have standing and who have propounded contentions meeting the specificity and basis requirements in 10 CFR Part 2. Attachment 1 to this Order summarizes the general target schedule for processing and resolving requests under these procedures. Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 2nd day of December 2008. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Annette L. Vietti-Cook, Secretary of the Commission. Attachment 1—General Target Schedule for Processing and Resolving Requests for Access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information and Safeguards Information in this Proceeding Day Event/Activity 0 ........................ Publication of FEDERAL REGISTER notice of hearing and opportunity to petition for leave to intervene, including order with instructions for access requests. Deadline for submitting requests for access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information (SUNSI) and/or Safeguards Information (SGI) with information: supporting the standing of a potential party identified by name and address; describing the need for the information in order for the potential party to participate meaningfully in an adjudicatory proceeding; demonstrating that access should be granted (e.g., showing technical competence for access to SGI); and, for SGI, including application fee for fingerprint/background check. Deadline for submitting petition for intervention containing: (i) demonstration of standing; (ii) all contentions whose formulation does not require access to SUNSI and/or SGI (+25 Answers to petition for intervention; +7 petitioner/requestor reply). 10 ...................... mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 60 ...................... 4 If a presiding officer has not yet been designated, the Chief Administrative Judge will issue such orders, or will appoint a presiding officer to do so. 5 Parties/persons other than the requester and the NRC staff will be notified by the NRC staff of a favorable access determination (and may participate in the development of such a motion and protective VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 order) if it concerns SUNSI and if the party/person’s interest independent of the proceeding would be harmed by the release of the information (e.g., as with proprietary information). 6 As of October 15, 2007, the NRC’s final ‘‘EFiling Rule’’ became effective. See Use of Electronic Submissions in Agency Hearings (72 FR 49139; August 28, 2007). Requesters should note that the PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 filing requirements of that rule apply to appeals of NRC staff determinations (because they must be served on a presiding officer or the Commission, as applicable), but not to the initial SUNSI/SGI requests submitted to the NRC staff under these procedures. E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 74536 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices Day Event/Activity 20 ...................... Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff informs the requester of the staff’s determination whether the request for access provides a reasonable basis to believe standing can be established and shows (1) need for SUNSI or (2) need to know for SGI. (For SUNSI, NRC staff also informs any party to the proceeding whose interest independent of the proceeding would be harmed by the release of the information.) If NRC staff makes the finding of need for SUNSI and likelihood of standing, NRC staff begins document processing (preparation of redactions or review of redacted documents). If NRC staff makes the finding of need to know for SGI and likelihood of standing, NRC staff begins background check (including fingerprinting for a criminal history records check), information processing (preparation of redactions or review of redacted documents), and readiness inspections. If NRC staff finds no ‘‘need,’’ ‘‘need to know,’’ or likelihood of standing, the deadline for petitioner/requester to file a motion seeking a ruling to reverse the NRC staff’s denial of access; NRC staff files copy of access determination with the presiding officer (or Chief Administrative Judge or other designated officer, as appropriate). If NRC staff finds ‘‘need’’ for SUNSI, the deadline for any party to the proceeding whose interest independent of the proceeding would be harmed by the release of the information to file a motion seeking a ruling to reverse the NRC staff’s grant of access. Deadline for NRC staff reply to motions to reverse NRC staff determination(s). (Receipt +30) If NRC staff finds standing and need for SUNSI, deadline for NRC staff to complete information processing and file motion for Protective Order and draft Non-Disclosure Affidavit. Deadline for applicant/licensee to file Non-Disclosure Agreement for SUNSI. (Receipt +180) If NRC staff finds standing, need to know for SGI, and trustworthiness and reliability, deadline for NRC staff to file motion for Protective Order and draft Non-disclosure Affidavit (or to make a determination that the proposed recipient of SGI is not trustworthy or reliable). Note: Before the Office of Administration makes an adverse determination regarding access, the proposed recipient must be provided an opportunity to correct or explain information. Deadline for petitioner to seek reversal of a final adverse NRC staff determination either before the presiding officer or another designated officer. If access granted: Issuance of presiding officer or other designated officer decision on motion for protective order for access to sensitive information (including schedule for providing access and submission of contentions) or decision reversing a final adverse determination by the NRC staff. Deadline for filing executed Non-Disclosure Affidavits. Access provided to SUNSI and/or SGI consistent with decision issuing the protective order. Deadline for submission of contentions whose development depends upon access to SUNSI and/or SGI. However, if more than 25 days remain between the petitioner’s receipt of (or access to) the information and the deadline for filing all other contentions (as established in the notice of hearing or opportunity for hearing), the petitioner may file its SUNSI or SGI contentions by that later deadline. (Contention receipt +25) Answers to contentions whose development depends upon access to SUNSI and/or SGI. 60 (Answer receipt +7) Petitioner/Intervenor reply to answers. Decision on contention admission. 25 ...................... 30 ...................... 40 ...................... 190 .................... 205 .................... A ....................... A + 3 ................. A + 28 ............... A + 53 ............... A + .................... B ....................... [FR Doc. E8–28946 Filed 12–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT [OMB Control No. 3206–0156] Proposed Information Collection; Request for Comments on a Revised Information Collection; Standard Forms 2800 and 2800A mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of a revised information collection. This information collection, ‘‘Application for Death Benefits under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS)’’ (OMB Control No. 3206–0156; form SF 2800), is needed to collect information so that OPM can pay death benefits to the survivors of Federal employees and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 annuitants. ‘‘Documentation and Elections in Support of Application for Death Benefits When Deceased Was an Employee at the Time of Death’’ (OMB Control No. 3206–0156; form SF 2800A), is needed for deaths in service so that survivors can make the needed elections regarding military service. Comments are particularly invited on whether this information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the Office of Personnel Management, and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate and based on valid assumptions and methodology; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Approximately 68,000 SF 2800’s are processed annually. The completion time for this form is approximately 45 minutes. An annual burden of 51,000 hours is estimated. Approximately 6,800 applicants will use SF 2800A annually. The completion time for this form is also approximately 45 minutes. An annual burden of 5,100 hours is PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 estimated. The total burden is 56,100 hours. For copies of this proposal, contact Margaret A. Miller by telephone at (202) 606–2699, by Fax (202) 418–3251, or by e-mail at Margaret.Miller@opm.gov. Please include a mailing address with your request. DATES: Comments on this proposal should be received within 60 calendar days from the date of this publication. ADDRESS: Send or deliver comments to: Ronald W. Melton, Deputy Assistant Director, Retirement Services Program, Center for Retirement and Insurance Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Room 3305, Washington, DC 20415–3500. For Information Regarding Administrative Coordination Contact: Cyrus S. Benson, Team Leader, Publications Team, RIS Support Services/Support Group, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Room 4H28, Washington, DC 20415, (202) 606–0623. Office of Personnel Management. Howard Weizmann, Deputy Director. [FR Doc. E8–28918 Filed 12–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–38–P E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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[Notices]
[Pages 74532-74536]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket Nos. 52-029 and 52-030]


Progress Energy Florida, Inc.; Application for the Levy County 
Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2; Notice of Order, Hearing, and 
Opportunity To Petition for Leave To Intervene

    Pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and the 
regulations in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 
Part 2, ``Rules of Practice for Domestic Licensing Proceedings and 
Issuance of Orders,'' 10 CFR part 50, ``Domestic Licensing of 
Production and Utilization Facilities,'' and 10 CFR part 52, 
``Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants,'' 
notice is hereby given that a hearing will be held, at a time and place 
to be set in the future by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, 
the Commission) or designated by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board 
(Board). The hearing will consider the application dated July 28, 2008, 
and supplemental information dated September 12, 2008, filed by 
Progress Energy Florida, Inc. (PEF), pursuant to Subpart C of 10 CFR 
Part 52, for a combined license (COL). The application requests 
approval of a COL for Levy Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2, to be 
located in Levy County, Florida. The application also requests a 
limited work authorization pursuant to 10 CFR 50.10. The application 
was accepted for docketing on October 6, 2008 (October 14, 2008; 73 FR 
60726). The docket numbers established for this COL application are 52-
029 and 52-030. The Levy County COL application incorporates by 
reference Appendix D to 10 CFR 52 (which includes the AP1000 design 
through Revision 15), as amended by the AP1000 Design Control Document 
(DCD) submitted by Westinghouse as Revision 16 and Westinghouse 
Technical Report APP-GW-GLR-134, Revision 5. By letter to Westinghouse 
dated January 18, 2008, the staff accepted DCD Revision 16 for 
docketing. Proposed amendments to the AP1000 certified design are the 
subject of an ongoing rulemaking under docket number 52-006.
    The hearing will be conducted by a Board that will be designated by 
the Chairman of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel or will be 
conducted by the Commission. Notice as to the membership of the Board 
will be published in the Federal Register at a later date. The NRC 
staff will complete a detailed technical review of the application and 
will document its findings in a safety evaluation report. The 
Commission will refer a copy of the application to the Advisory 
Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) in accordance with 10 CFR 52.87, 
``Referral to the ACRS,'' and the ACRS will report on those portions of 
the application that concern safety.
    The NRC staff will also prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, 
as required by 10 CFR 51.20(b)(2).
    Any person whose interest may be affected by this proceeding and 
desire to participate as a party to this proceeding must file a written 
petition for leave to intervene in accordance with 10 CFR 2.309. Those 
permitted to intervene become parties to the proceeding, subject to any 
limitations in the order granting leave to intervene, and have the 
opportunity to participate fully in the conduct of the hearing.
    A petition for a leave to intervene must be filed no later than 60 
days from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register. Non-timely filings will not be entertained absent a 
determination by the Commission or

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presiding officer designated to rule on the petition, pursuant to the 
requirements of 10 CFR 2.309(c)(i)-(viii).
    All documents filed in NRC adjudicatory proceedings, including 
petitions to intervene and requests to participate as an interested 
government entity under 10 CFR 2.315(c), must be filed in accordance 
with the NRC E-Filing rule, which was promulgated by the NRC on August 
28, 2007 (72 FR 49139). The E-Filing process requires participants to 
submit and serve documents over the Internet or in some cases to mail 
copies on electronic storage media. Participants may not submit paper 
copies of their filings unless they seek a waiver in accordance with 
the procedures described below.
    To comply with the procedural requirements of E-Filing, at least 10 
days prior to the filing deadline, the petitioner must contact the 
Office of the Secretary by e-mail at HearingDocket@nrc.gov, or by 
calling (301) 415-1677, to request (1) a digital ID certificate, which 
allows the participant (or its counsel or representative) to digitally 
sign documents and access the E-Submittal server for any proceeding in 
which it is participating; and/or (2) creation of an electronic docket 
for the proceeding (even in instances in which the petitioner (or its 
counsel or representative) already holds an NRC-issued digital ID 
certificate). Each participant will need to download the Workplace 
Forms ViewerTM to access the Electronic Information Exchange 
(EIE), a component of the E-Filing system. The Workplace Forms 
ViewerTM is free and is available at http://www.nrc.gov/
site-help/e-submittals/install-viewer.html. Information about applying 
for a digital ID certificate is available on NRC's public Web site at 
http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals/apply-certificates.html.
    Once a participant has obtained a digital ID certificate, had a 
docket created, and downloaded the EIE viewer, it can then submit a 
filing. Submissions should be in Portable Document Format (PDF) in 
accordance with NRC guidance available on the NRC public Web site at 
http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html. A filing is considered 
complete at the time the filer submits its documents through EIE. To be 
timely, an electronic filing must be submitted to the EIE system no 
later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date. Upon receipt of a 
transmission, the E-Filing system time-stamps the document and sends 
the submitter an e-mail notice confirming receipt of the document. The 
EIE system also distributes an e-mail notice that provides access to 
the document to the NRC Office of the General Counsel and any others 
who have advised the Office of the Secretary that they wish to 
participate in the proceeding, so that the filer need not serve the 
documents on those participants separately. Therefore, applicants and 
other participants (or their counsel or representative) must apply for 
and receive a digital ID certificate before a petition to intervene is 
filed so that they can obtain access to the document via the E-Filing 
system.
    A person filing electronically may seek assistance through the 
``Contact Us'' link located on the NRC Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/
site-help/e-submittals.html or by calling the NRC Meta-System Help 
Desk, which is available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, 
Monday through Friday. The Meta-System Help Desk can be contacted by 
telephone at 1-866-672-7640 or by e-mail at MSHD.Resource@nrc.gov.
    Participants who believe that they have a good cause for not 
submitting documents electronically must file a motion, in accordance 
with 10 CFR 2.302(g), with their initial paper filing requesting 
authorization to continue to submit documents in paper format. Such 
filings must be submitted by: (1) First class mail addressed to the 
Office of the Secretary of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention: Rulemaking and 
Adjudications Staff; or (2) courier, express mail, or expedited 
delivery service to the Office of the Secretary, Sixteenth Floor, One 
White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, 
Attention: Rulemaking and Adjudications Staff. Participants filing a 
document in this manner are responsible for serving the document on all 
other participants. Filing is considered complete by first-class mail 
as of the time of deposit in the mail, or by courier, express mail, or 
expedited delivery service upon depositing the document with the 
provider of the service.
    Non-timely requests and/or petitions and contentions will not be 
entertained absent a determination by the Commission, the presiding 
officer, or the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board that the petition 
and/or request should be granted and/or the contentions should be 
admitted based on a balancing of the factors specified in 10 CFR 
2.309(c)(1)(i)-(viii). To be timely, filings must be submitted no later 
than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the due date.
    Documents submitted in adjudicatory proceedings will appear in 
NRC's electronic hearing docket which is available to the public at 
http://ehd.nrc.gov/EHD_Proceeding/home.asp, unless excluded pursuant 
to an order of the Commission, an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, or 
a Presiding Officer. Participants are requested not to include personal 
privacy information, such as social security numbers, home addresses, 
or home phone numbers in their filings. With respect to copyrighted 
works, except for limited excerpts that serve the purpose of the 
adjudicatory filings and would constitute a Fair Use application, 
participants are requested not to include copyrighted materials in 
their submission.
    Any person who files a motion pursuant to 10 CFR 2.323 must consult 
with counsel for the applicant and counsel for the NRC staff who are 
listed below. Counsel for the applicant is John H. O'Neill, 
John.O'Neill@pillsburylaw.com, (202) 663-8148. Counsel for the NRC 
staff in this proceeding are Jody Martin, Jody.Martin@nrc.gov, (301) 
415-1569, and Sara E. Brock, Sara.Brock@nrc.gov, (301) 415-8393.
    A person who is not a party may be permitted to make a limited 
appearance by making an oral or written statement of his position on 
the issues at any session of the hearing or any pre-hearing conference 
within the limits and conditions fixed by the presiding officer, but 
may not otherwise participate in the proceeding. These limited 
appearance statements need not be submitted using the E-Filing process.
    Documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Public 
File Area O1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, 
Maryland, and will be accessible electronically through the Agencywide 
Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic 
Reading Room link 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 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.Resource@nrc.gov. The application is also available at 
http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/levy.html. The ADAMS 
accession number for the COL application cover letter is ML082260277. 
To search for documents in ADAMS using the Levy County COL application 
docket numbers, 52-029 and 52-030, enter the terms ``05200029''

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and ``05200030'' in the ``Docket Number'' field when using either the 
web-based search (advanced search) engine or the ADAMS find tool in 
Citrix.
    The AP1000 DCD through Revision 15, which is incorporated by 
reference into Appendix D of Part 52, can be found by going to http://
www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/design-cert/ap1000.html. The AP1000 
DCD Revision 16 can be found using ADAMS accession number ML071580939 
or by going to http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/levy.html. 
To search for documents in ADAMS using the docket number for the 
proposed amendments to the AP1000 design certification, 52-006, enter 
the term ``05200006'' in the ADAMS ``Docket Number'' field.

Order Imposing Procedures for Access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-
Safeguards Information and Safeguards Information for Contention 
Preparation

    1. This order contains instructions regarding how potential parties 
to this proceeding may request access to documents containing sensitive 
unclassified information (including Sensitive Unclassified Non-
Safeguards Information (SUNSI) and Safeguards Information (SGI)).
    2. Within 10 days after publication of this notice of hearing and 
opportunity to petition for leave to intervene, any potential party as 
defined in 10 CFR 2.4 who believes access to SUNSI or SGI is necessary 
for a response to the notice may request access to SUNSI or SGI. A 
``potential party'' is any person who intends or may intend to 
participate as a party by demonstrating standing and the filing of an 
admissible contention under 10 CFR 2.309. Requests submitted later than 
10 days will not be considered absent a showing of good cause for the 
late filing, addressing why the request could not have been filed 
earlier.
    3. The requester shall submit a letter requesting permission to 
access SUNSI and/or SGI to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, Attention: 
Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, and provide a copy to the 
Associate General Counsel for Hearings, Enforcement and Administration, 
Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC 20555-0001. The expedited 
delivery or courier mail address for both offices is U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. 
The e-mail address for the Office of the Secretary and the Office of 
the General Counsel are HearingDocket@nrc.gov and OGCmail@nrc.gov, 
respectively.\1\ The request must include the following information:
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    \1\ While a request for hearing or petition to intervene in this 
proceeding must comply with the filing requirements of the NRC's 
``E-Filing Rule,'' the initial request to access SUNSI and/or SGI 
under these procedures should be submitted as described in this 
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    a. A description of the licensing action with a citation to this 
Federal Register notice of hearing and opportunity to petition for 
leave to intervene;
    b. The name and address of the potential party and a description of 
the potential party's particularized interest that could be harmed by 
the action identified in (a);
    c. If the request is for SUNSI, the identity of the individual 
requesting access to SUNSI and the requester's need for the information 
in order to meaningfully participate in this adjudicatory proceeding, 
particularly why publicly available versions of the application would 
not be sufficient to provide the basis and specificity for a proffered 
contention;
    d. If the request is for SGI, the identity of the individual 
requesting access to SGI and the identity of any expert, consultant or 
assistant who will aid the requester in evaluating the SGI, and 
information that shows:
    (i) Why the information is indispensable to meaningful 
participation in this licensing proceeding; and
    (ii) The technical competence (demonstrable knowledge, skill, 
experience, training or education) of the requester to understand and 
use (or evaluate) the requested information to provide the basis and 
specificity for a proffered contention. The technical competence of a 
potential party or its counsel may be shown by reliance on a qualified 
expert, consultant or assistant who demonstrates technical competence 
as well as trustworthiness and reliability, and who agrees to sign a 
non-disclosure affidavit and be bound by the terms of a protective 
order; and
    e. If the request is for SGI, Form SF-85, ``Questionnaire for Non-
Sensitive Positions,'' Form FD-258 (fingerprint card), and a credit 
check release form completed by the individual who seeks access to SGI 
and each individual who will aid the requester in evaluating the SGI. 
For security reasons, Form SF-85 can only be submitted electronically, 
through a restricted-access database. To obtain online access to the 
form, the requester should contact the NRC's Office of Administration 
at 301-415-0320.\2\ The other completed forms must be signed in 
original ink, accompanied by a check or money order payable in the 
amount of $191.00 to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for each 
individual, and mailed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Office of Administration, Security Processing Unit, Mail Stop T-6E46, 
Washington, DC 20555-0012.
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    \2\ The requester will be asked to provide his or her full name, 
social security number, date and place of birth, telephone number, 
and e-mail address. After providing this information, the requester 
usually should be able to obtain access to the online form within 
one business day.
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    These forms will be used to initiate the background check, which 
includes fingerprinting as part of a criminal history records check. 
Note: copies of these forms do not need to be included with the request 
letter to the Office of the Secretary, but the request letter should 
state that the forms and fees have been submitted as described above.
    4. To avoid delays in processing requests for access to SGI, all 
forms should be reviewed for completeness and accuracy (including 
legibility) before submitting them to the NRC. Incomplete packages will 
be returned to the sender and will not be processed.
    5. Based on an evaluation of the information submitted under items 
2 and 3.a through 3.d, above, the NRC staff will determine within 10 
days of receipt of the written access request whether (1) there is a 
reasonable basis to believe the petitioner is likely to establish 
standing to participate in this NRC proceeding, and (2) there is a 
legitimate need for access to SUNSI or need to know the SGI requested. 
For SGI, the need to know determination is made based on whether the 
information requested is necessary (i.e., indispensable) for the 
proposed recipient to proffer and litigate a specific contention in 
this NRC proceeding \3\ and whether the proposed recipient has the 
technical competence (demonstrable knowledge, skill, training, 
education, or experience) to evaluate and use the specific SGI 
requested in this proceeding.
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    \3\ Broad SGI requests under these procedures are thus highly 
unlikely to meet the standards for need to know; furthermore, staff 
redaction of information from requested documents before their 
release may be appropriate to comport with this requirement. These 
procedures do not authorize unrestricted disclosure or less scrutiny 
of a requester's need to know than ordinarily would be applied in 
connection with an already-admitted contention.
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    6. If standing and need to know SGI are shown, the NRC staff will 
further determine based upon completion of the background check whether 
the proposed recipient is trustworthy and reliable. The NRC staff will 
conduct (as

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necessary) an inspection to confirm that the recipient's information 
protection systems are sufficient to protect SGI from inadvertent 
release or disclosure. Recipients may opt to view SGI at the NRC's 
facility rather than establish their own SGI protection program to meet 
SGI protection requirements.
    7. A request for access to SUNSI or SGI will be granted if:
    a. The request has demonstrated that there is a reasonable basis to 
believe that a potential party is likely to establish standing to 
intervene or to otherwise participate as a party in this proceeding;
    b. The proposed recipient of the information has demonstrated a 
need for SUNSI or a need to know for SGI, and that the proposed 
recipient of SGI is trustworthy and reliable;
    c. The proposed recipient of the information has executed a Non-
Disclosure Agreement or Affidavit and agrees to be bound by the terms 
of a Protective Order setting forth terms and conditions to prevent the 
unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure of SUNSI and/or SGI; and
    d. The presiding officer has issued a protective order concerning 
the information or documents requested.\4\ Any protective order issued 
shall provide that the petitioner must file SUNSI or SGI contentions 25 
days after receipt of (or access to) that information. However, if more 
than 25 days remain between the petitioner's receipt of (or access to) 
the information and the deadline for filing all other contentions (as 
established in the notice of hearing or opportunity for hearing), the 
petitioner may file its SUNSI or SGI contentions by that later 
deadline.
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    \4\ If a presiding officer has not yet been designated, the 
Chief Administrative Judge will issue such orders, or will appoint a 
presiding officer to do so.
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    8. If the request for access to SUNSI or SGI is granted, the terms 
and conditions for access to sensitive unclassified information will be 
set forth in a draft protective order and affidavit of non-disclosure 
appended to a joint motion by the NRC staff, any other affected parties 
to this proceeding,\5\ and the petitioner(s). If the diligent efforts 
by the relevant parties or petitioner(s) fail to result in an agreement 
on the terms and conditions for a draft protective order or non-
disclosure affidavit, the relevant parties to the proceeding or the 
petitioner(s) should notify the presiding officer within 5 days, 
describing the obstacles to the agreement.
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    \5\ Parties/persons other than the requester and the NRC staff 
will be notified by the NRC staff of a favorable access 
determination (and may participate in the development of such a 
motion and protective order) if it concerns SUNSI and if the party/
person's interest independent of the proceeding would be harmed by 
the release of the information (e.g., as with proprietary 
information).
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    9. If the request for access to SUNSI is denied by the NRC staff or 
a request for access to SGI is denied by NRC staff either after a 
determination on standing and need to know or, later, after a 
determination on trustworthiness and reliability, the NRC staff shall 
briefly state the reasons for the denial. Before the Office of 
Administration makes an adverse determination regarding access, the 
proposed recipient must be provided an opportunity to correct or 
explain information. The requester may challenge the NRC staff's 
adverse determination with respect to access to SUNSI or with respect 
to standing or need to know for SGI by filing a challenge within 5 days 
of receipt of that determination with (a) the presiding officer 
designated in this proceeding; (b) if no presiding officer has been 
appointed, the Chief Administrative Judge, or if he or she is 
unavailable, another administrative judge, or an administrative law 
judge with jurisdiction pursuant to 10 CFR 2.318(a); or (c) if another 
officer has been designated to rule on information access issues, with 
that officer. In the same manner, an SGI requester may challenge an 
adverse determination on trustworthiness and reliability by filing a 
challenge within 15 days of receipt of that determination.
    In the same manner, a party other than the requester may challenge 
an NRC staff determination granting access to SUNSI whose release would 
harm that party's interest independent of the proceeding. Such a 
challenge must be filed within 5 days of the notification by the NRC 
staff of its grant of such a request.
    If challenges to the NRC staff determinations are filed, these 
procedures give way to the normal process for litigating disputes 
concerning access to information. The availability of interlocutory 
review by the Commission of orders ruling on such NRC staff 
determinations (whether granting or denying access) is governed by 10 
CFR 2.311.\6\
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    \6\ As of October 15, 2007, the NRC's final ``E-Filing Rule'' 
became effective. See Use of Electronic Submissions in Agency 
Hearings (72 FR 49139; August 28, 2007). Requesters should note that 
the filing requirements of that rule apply to appeals of NRC staff 
determinations (because they must be served on a presiding officer 
or the Commission, as applicable), but not to the initial SUNSI/SGI 
requests submitted to the NRC staff under these procedures.
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    10. The Commission expects that the NRC staff and presiding 
officers (and any other reviewing officers) will consider and resolve 
requests for access to SUNSI and/or SGI, and motions for protective 
orders, in a timely fashion in order to minimize any unnecessary delays 
in identifying those petitioners who have standing and who have 
propounded contentions meeting the specificity and basis requirements 
in 10 CFR Part 2. Attachment 1 to this Order summarizes the general 
target schedule for processing and resolving requests under these 
procedures.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 2nd day of December 2008.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Annette L. Vietti-Cook,
Secretary of the Commission.

Attachment 1--General Target Schedule for Processing and Resolving 
Requests for Access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards 
Information and Safeguards Information in this Proceeding

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             Day                             Event/Activity
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0............................  Publication of Federal Register notice of
                                hearing and opportunity to petition for
                                leave to intervene, including order with
                                instructions for access requests.
10...........................  Deadline for submitting requests for
                                access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-
                                Safeguards Information (SUNSI) and/or
                                Safeguards Information (SGI) with
                                information: supporting the standing of
                                a potential party identified by name and
                                address; describing the need for the
                                information in order for the potential
                                party to participate meaningfully in an
                                adjudicatory proceeding; demonstrating
                                that access should be granted (e.g.,
                                showing technical competence for access
                                to SGI); and, for SGI, including
                                application fee for fingerprint/
                                background check.
60...........................  Deadline for submitting petition for
                                intervention containing: (i)
                                demonstration of standing; (ii) all
                                contentions whose formulation does not
                                require access to SUNSI and/or SGI (+25
                                Answers to petition for intervention; +7
                                petitioner/requestor reply).

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20...........................  Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff
                                informs the requester of the staff's
                                determination whether the request for
                                access provides a reasonable basis to
                                believe standing can be established and
                                shows (1) need for SUNSI or (2) need to
                                know for SGI. (For SUNSI, NRC staff also
                                informs any party to the proceeding
                                whose interest independent of the
                                proceeding would be harmed by the
                                release of the information.) If NRC
                                staff makes the finding of need for
                                SUNSI and likelihood of standing, NRC
                                staff begins document processing
                                (preparation of redactions or review of
                                redacted documents). If NRC staff makes
                                the finding of need to know for SGI and
                                likelihood of standing, NRC staff begins
                                background check (including
                                fingerprinting for a criminal history
                                records check), information processing
                                (preparation of redactions or review of
                                redacted documents), and readiness
                                inspections.
25...........................  If NRC staff finds no ``need,'' ``need to
                                know,'' or likelihood of standing, the
                                deadline for petitioner/requester to
                                file a motion seeking a ruling to
                                reverse the NRC staff's denial of
                                access; NRC staff files copy of access
                                determination with the presiding officer
                                (or Chief Administrative Judge or other
                                designated officer, as appropriate). If
                                NRC staff finds ``need'' for SUNSI, the
                                deadline for any party to the proceeding
                                whose interest independent of the
                                proceeding would be harmed by the
                                release of the information to file a
                                motion seeking a ruling to reverse the
                                NRC staff's grant of access.
30...........................  Deadline for NRC staff reply to motions
                                to reverse NRC staff determination(s).
40...........................  (Receipt +30) If NRC staff finds standing
                                and need for SUNSI, deadline for NRC
                                staff to complete information processing
                                and file motion for Protective Order and
                                draft Non-Disclosure Affidavit. Deadline
                                for applicant/licensee to file Non-
                                Disclosure Agreement for SUNSI.
190..........................  (Receipt +180) If NRC staff finds
                                standing, need to know for SGI, and
                                trustworthiness and reliability,
                                deadline for NRC staff to file motion
                                for Protective Order and draft Non-
                                disclosure Affidavit (or to make a
                                determination that the proposed
                                recipient of SGI is not trustworthy or
                                reliable). Note: Before the Office of
                                Administration makes an adverse
                                determination regarding access, the
                                proposed recipient must be provided an
                                opportunity to correct or explain
                                information.
205..........................  Deadline for petitioner to seek reversal
                                of a final adverse NRC staff
                                determination either before the
                                presiding officer or another designated
                                officer.
A............................  If access granted: Issuance of presiding
                                officer or other designated officer
                                decision on motion for protective order
                                for access to sensitive information
                                (including schedule for providing access
                                and submission of contentions) or
                                decision reversing a final adverse
                                determination by the NRC staff.
A + 3........................  Deadline for filing executed Non-
                                Disclosure Affidavits. Access provided
                                to SUNSI and/or SGI consistent with
                                decision issuing the protective order.
A + 28.......................  Deadline for submission of contentions
                                whose development depends upon access to
                                SUNSI and/or SGI. However, if more than
                                25 days remain between the petitioner's
                                receipt of (or access to) the
                                information and the deadline for filing
                                all other contentions (as established in
                                the notice of hearing or opportunity for
                                hearing), the petitioner may file its
                                SUNSI or SGI contentions by that later
                                deadline.
A + 53.......................  (Contention receipt +25) Answers to
                                contentions whose development depends
                                upon access to SUNSI and/or SGI.
A +..........................  60 (Answer receipt +7) Petitioner/
                                Intervenor reply to answers.
B............................  Decision on contention admission.
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[FR Doc. E8-28946 Filed 12-5-08; 8:45 am]
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