Development of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Safety Culture Policy Statement: Public Meeting, 52046-52047 [2010-20966]

Download as PDF wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 52046 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 24, 2010 / Notices Generation Fuel Core Reference Report’’ (Proprietary), dated August 2007, and WCAP–12610–P–A and CENPD–404–P– A, ‘‘Optimized ZIRLOTM’’ (Proprietary), dated July 2006, have demonstrated that predicted chemical, mechanical, and material performance characteristics of the Optimized ZIRLOTM alloy cladding are bounded by those approved for zircaloy under anticipated operational occurrences (AOOs) and postulated accidents. The LFAs shall be placed in non-limiting core regions as required by PVNGS, Unit 3 Technical Specification 4.2.1, ‘‘Fuel Assemblies.’’ Also, APS and Westinghouse utilize NRC approved methods for the reload design process for the PVNGS reload cores containing Optimized ZIRLOTM fuel rod cladding. Therefore, the environmental impact, due to the unlikely event of an LFA clad failure, would be minimal and would be bounded by the environmental impacts associated with previous accident analyses. The details of the NRC staff’s safety evaluation will be provided in the exemption that will be issued as part of the letter to the licensee approving the exemption to the regulation. The proposed action will not significantly increase the probability or consequences of accidents. No changes are being made in the types of effluents that may be released offsite. There is no significant increase in the amount of any effluent released offsite. There is no significant increase in occupational or public radiation exposure. Therefore, there are no significant radiological environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. Based on the nature of the exemption, the proposed action does not result in changes to land use or water use, or result in changes to the quality or quantity of non-radiological effluents. No changes to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit are needed. No effects on the aquatic or terrestrial habitat in the vicinity of the plant, or to threatened, endangered, or protected species under the Endangered Species Act, or impacts to essential fish habitat covered by the MagnusonStevens Act are expected. There are no impacts to the air or ambient air quality. There are no impacts to historic and cultural resources. There would be no noticeable effect on socioeconomic conditions in the region. Therefore, no changes or different types of nonradiological environmental impacts are expected as a result of the proposed action. Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Aug 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action: As an alternative to the proposed action, the staff considered denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ‘‘no-action’’ alternative). Denial of the application would result in no change in current environmental impacts. The environmental impacts of the proposed action and the alternative action are similar. Alternative Use of Resources: The action does not involve the use of any different resources than those previously considered in the Final Environmental Statement for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, NUREG–0841, dated February 1982. Agencies and Persons Consulted: In accordance with its stated policy, on July 8, 2010, the NRC staff consulted with the Arizona State official, Aubrey Godwin of the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Authority regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action. The State official had no comments. Finding of No Significant Impact On the basis of the environmental assessment, the NRC concludes that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action. For further details with respect to the proposed action, see the licensee’s letter dated November 2, 2009, as supplemented by letter dated May 12, 2010. 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. Publicly available records will be accessible electronically from the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC Web site, https://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 or 301– 415–4737, or send an e-mail to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of August 2010. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Nageswaran Kalyanam, Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch IV, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2010–20915 Filed 8–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Development of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Safety Culture Policy Statement: Public Meeting U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: The NRC plans to hold a public meeting on September 28, 2010, in its Las Vegas, Nevada hearing facility to solicit comments on the revision of its draft safety culture policy statement, including the revised definition and traits. The revision has been developed as a result of the NRC staff’s evaluation of the public comments submitted in response to the draft policy statement (74 FR 57525, November 6, 2009; ML093030375), the results of the NRC’s February 2010 workshop (February workshop) on safety culture, and additional comments that stakeholders and other interested parties have provided to the staff at the various outreach activities that have occurred since February. The draft policy statement focuses on the unique aspects of nuclear safety and security and highlights the Commission’s expectations that the policy applies to individuals and organizations performing or overseeing NRC-regulated activities. As part of the NRC staff’s outreach activities which have focused on engaging a broad range of stakeholders including the Agreement States, the NRC held a 3-day Safety Culture Workshop in February 2010 at NRC headquarters in which participants were asked to reach alignment on (1) a common definition of safety culture and (2) high level descriptions or traits of areas important to safety culture. The February workshop also provided an additional venue for interested parties to provide comments on the draft policy statement that had been published in the Federal Register. Workshop panelists successfully aligned on a common definition of safety culture and developed a list of traits that they believe exist in a positive safety culture. Following the February workshop, the NRC staff participated in various industry forums in order to obtain SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 24, 2010 / Notices additional input from stakeholders and other interested parties to confirm that the draft definition and traits developed at the February workshop reflect a broad consensus view. In preparation for the February workshop, the NRC staff noted that some stakeholders and interested parties who reside in the Western half of the US were unable to attend the workshop or participate remotely. Thus, the NRC hearing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, with its excellent broadcast capabilities was chosen as the site for the upcoming meeting. Additionally, the meeting will be simultaneously broadcast to a location at NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md., and webstreamed so that individuals may participate remotely from their own personal computers (PCs). Please check the following NRC Web sites for any updates to the workshop schedules and/or information regarding this event: https:// www.nrc.gov/public-involve/publicmeetings/index.cfm and/or https:// www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/regulatory/ enforcement/safety-culture.html. The goal of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders and other interested parties to offer their thoughts on the revised draft policy statement including the revised definition and traits. The revised draft policy statement has benefitted from public comments, the results of the February workshop, and additional comments that stakeholders and other interested parties have provided to the staff at the various outreach activities and will be used to focus much of the discussion at the September meeting. It will be published for a 30-day public comment period prior to the meeting on both the NRC’s Safety Culture website at https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/ regulatory/enforcement/safetyculture.html and in the Federal Register. The meeting is planned for September 28, 2010. Additional information will be available on the NRC Public Meeting Schedule Web site at https://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ public-meetings/index.cfm at least ten days prior to the meeting. Locations: The public meeting will be held at the NRC’s hearing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be simultaneously broadcast to a location at NRC headquarters at 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Additionally, the meeting will be webstreamed so that individuals may participate remotely from their own PCs. Regarding the NRC headquarters’ location, because parking is extremely limited, the most convenient wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Aug 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 transportation to this location is via Metro’s Red Line to the White Flint Station, which is directly across Marinelli Rd. from NRC headquarters. Please allow time at both locations to register with building security upon entering the buildings. The public meeting notice will provide specific details. Document Accessibility: The documents referenced in this notice are publicly available. NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR): The public may examine and have copied for a fee, publicly available documents at the NRC’s PDR, Public File Area O–1 F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852–2738. NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC after November 1, 1999, are available electronically at the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. From this site, the public can gain entry into ADAMS, which provides text and image files of NRC’s public documents. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the PDR Reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301– 415–4737 or by e-mail to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jose Ibarra, telephone (301) 415–2581, or by email to Jose.Ibarra@nrc.gov, or Catherine Thompson, telephone (301) 415–3409, or by email to Catherine.Thompson@nrc.gov. Both of these individuals can also be contacted by mail at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Enforcement, Concerns Resolution Branch, Mail Stop O–4 A15A, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. Prior to the meeting, attendees are requested to register with one of the contacts listed in the meeting notice, so that sufficient accommodations can be made for their participation. Please let the contact know if special services are necessary, such as services for the hearing impaired, etc. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Purpose of the Public Meeting The NRC is working towards increasing the attention that is given to safety culture as part of its efforts to ensure the safe and secure possession and use of radioactive material within the NRC’s jurisdiction. Additionally, the NRC has been working with the Agreement States to facilitate their consideration and support of this effort in their oversight programs for their materials licensees. The goal of this PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52047 meeting is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders and other interested parties to offer their thoughts on the proposed revisions, including the revised definition and traits. The revised draft policy statement, definition and traits have benefitted from public comments, the results of the February workshop, and additional comments that have been provided to the staff at the various outreach activities. 2. Topics of Discussion The NRC staff is planning to cover the following topics: (1) What is Safety Culture; (2) The NRC’s Safety Culture Initiative; (3) The February Workshop; (4) Staff’s Review of the Public Comments Received on the November 2009 Federal Register Notice; (5) Revisions to the Draft Policy Statement Including the Definition and Traits; (6) Update on INPO’s Validation Study; and (7) Questions Regarding Next Steps. 3. Draft Agenda The meeting is currently planned to begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:15 p.m. The agenda will include introductory remarks briefly addressing the draft safety culture policy statement, the revised draft safety culture policy statement which will be published prior to the meeting including how the definition and traits have been revised, and the activities the NRC has engaged in to arrive at this point as well as what the next steps will be. This will be followed by sessions that address the topics provided in section 2 of this notice, in more depth. Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 17th day of August, 2010. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Roy P. Zimmerman, Director, Office of Enforcement. [FR Doc. 2010–20966 Filed 8–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2010–0002] Sunshine Federal Register Notice AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETINGS: Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Weeks of August 23, 30, and September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010. DATES: Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. PLACE: STATUS: E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM Public and closed. 24AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 163 (Tuesday, August 24, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52046-52047]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-20966]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Development of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Safety Culture 
Policy Statement: Public Meeting

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The NRC plans to hold a public meeting on September 28, 2010, 
in its Las Vegas, Nevada hearing facility to solicit comments on the 
revision of its draft safety culture policy statement, including the 
revised definition and traits. The revision has been developed as a 
result of the NRC staff's evaluation of the public comments submitted 
in response to the draft policy statement (74 FR 57525, November 6, 
2009; ML093030375), the results of the NRC's February 2010 workshop 
(February workshop) on safety culture, and additional comments that 
stakeholders and other interested parties have provided to the staff at 
the various outreach activities that have occurred since February. The 
draft policy statement focuses on the unique aspects of nuclear safety 
and security and highlights the Commission's expectations that the 
policy applies to individuals and organizations performing or 
overseeing NRC-regulated activities.
    As part of the NRC staff's outreach activities which have focused 
on engaging a broad range of stakeholders including the Agreement 
States, the NRC held a 3-day Safety Culture Workshop in February 2010 
at NRC headquarters in which participants were asked to reach alignment 
on (1) a common definition of safety culture and (2) high level 
descriptions or traits of areas important to safety culture. The 
February workshop also provided an additional venue for interested 
parties to provide comments on the draft policy statement that had been 
published in the Federal Register. Workshop panelists successfully 
aligned on a common definition of safety culture and developed a list 
of traits that they believe exist in a positive safety culture. 
Following the February workshop, the NRC staff participated in various 
industry forums in order to obtain

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additional input from stakeholders and other interested parties to 
confirm that the draft definition and traits developed at the February 
workshop reflect a broad consensus view.
    In preparation for the February workshop, the NRC staff noted that 
some stakeholders and interested parties who reside in the Western half 
of the US were unable to attend the workshop or participate remotely. 
Thus, the NRC hearing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, with its excellent 
broadcast capabilities was chosen as the site for the upcoming meeting. 
Additionally, the meeting will be simultaneously broadcast to a 
location at NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md., and webstreamed so that 
individuals may participate remotely from their own personal computers 
(PCs). Please check the following NRC Web sites for any updates to the 
workshop schedules and/or information regarding this event: https://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/index.cfm and/or https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/regulatory/enforcement/safety-culture.html.
    The goal of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for 
stakeholders and other interested parties to offer their thoughts on 
the revised draft policy statement including the revised definition and 
traits. The revised draft policy statement has benefitted from public 
comments, the results of the February workshop, and additional comments 
that stakeholders and other interested parties have provided to the 
staff at the various outreach activities and will be used to focus much 
of the discussion at the September meeting. It will be published for a 
30-day public comment period prior to the meeting on both the NRC's 
Safety Culture website at https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/regulatory/enforcement/safety-culture.html and in the Federal Register.

DATES: The meeting is planned for September 28, 2010. Additional 
information will be available on the NRC Public Meeting Schedule Web 
site at https://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/index.cfm at 
least ten days prior to the meeting.
    Locations: The public meeting will be held at the NRC's hearing 
facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be simultaneously broadcast to 
a location at NRC headquarters at 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 
20852. Additionally, the meeting will be webstreamed so that 
individuals may participate remotely from their own PCs. Regarding the 
NRC headquarters' location, because parking is extremely limited, the 
most convenient transportation to this location is via Metro's Red Line 
to the White Flint Station, which is directly across Marinelli Rd. from 
NRC headquarters. Please allow time at both locations to register with 
building security upon entering the buildings. The public meeting 
notice will provide specific details.
    Document Accessibility: The documents referenced in this notice are 
publicly available. NRC's Public Document Room (PDR): The public may 
examine and have copied for a fee, publicly available documents at the 
NRC's PDR, Public File Area O-1 F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852-2738.
    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): 
Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC after 
November 1, 1999, are available electronically at the NRC's Electronic 
Reading Room at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this 
site, the public can gain entry into ADAMS, which provides text and 
image files of NRC's public documents. If you do not have access to 
ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in 
ADAMS, contact the PDR Reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737 
or by e-mail to pdr.resource@nrc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jose Ibarra, telephone (301) 415-2581, 
or by email to Jose.Ibarra@nrc.gov, or Catherine Thompson, telephone 
(301) 415-3409, or by email to Catherine.Thompson@nrc.gov. Both of 
these individuals can also be contacted by mail at the U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Office of Enforcement, Concerns Resolution 
Branch, Mail Stop O-4 A15A, Washington, DC 20555-0001. Prior to the 
meeting, attendees are requested to register with one of the contacts 
listed in the meeting notice, so that sufficient accommodations can be 
made for their participation. Please let the contact know if special 
services are necessary, such as services for the hearing impaired, etc.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Purpose of the Public Meeting

    The NRC is working towards increasing the attention that is given 
to safety culture as part of its efforts to ensure the safe and secure 
possession and use of radioactive material within the NRC's 
jurisdiction. Additionally, the NRC has been working with the Agreement 
States to facilitate their consideration and support of this effort in 
their oversight programs for their materials licensees. The goal of 
this meeting is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders and other 
interested parties to offer their thoughts on the proposed revisions, 
including the revised definition and traits. The revised draft policy 
statement, definition and traits have benefitted from public comments, 
the results of the February workshop, and additional comments that have 
been provided to the staff at the various outreach activities.

2. Topics of Discussion

    The NRC staff is planning to cover the following topics: (1) What 
is Safety Culture; (2) The NRC's Safety Culture Initiative; (3) The 
February Workshop; (4) Staff's Review of the Public Comments Received 
on the November 2009 Federal Register Notice; (5) Revisions to the 
Draft Policy Statement Including the Definition and Traits; (6) Update 
on INPO's Validation Study; and (7) Questions Regarding Next Steps.

3. Draft Agenda

    The meeting is currently planned to begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude 
at 4:15 p.m. The agenda will include introductory remarks briefly 
addressing the draft safety culture policy statement, the revised draft 
safety culture policy statement which will be published prior to the 
meeting including how the definition and traits have been revised, and 
the activities the NRC has engaged in to arrive at this point as well 
as what the next steps will be. This will be followed by sessions that 
address the topics provided in section 2 of this notice, in more depth.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 17th day of August, 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Roy P. Zimmerman,
Director, Office of Enforcement.
[FR Doc. 2010-20966 Filed 8-23-10; 8:45 am]
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