Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Unit Nos. 2 and 3; Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact, 58445-58446 [2010-23958]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 185 / Friday, September 24, 2010 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES actions and specified completion times referred to in this regulatory guide are based on the completion times presented in Regulatory Guide 1.93, ‘‘Availability of Electric Power Sources,’’ Revision 0, issued December 1974, which have been incorporated into the required actions in the iSTS. II. Further Information The NRC staff is soliciting comments on DG–1244. Comments may be accompanied by relevant information or supporting data and should mention DG–1244 in the subject line. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will be made available to the public in their entirety through the NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS). 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Harriet Karagiannis, Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2010–23950 Filed 9–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50–277 AND 50–278; NRC– 2010–0303] Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Unit Nos. 2 and 3; Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of an exemption from Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G, ‘‘Fire Protection of Safe Shutdown Capability,’’ for the use of operator manual actions (OMAs) in lieu of the requirements specified in Appendix R, Section III.G.2, for Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR–44 and DPR–56, issued to Exelon Generation Company, LLC (the licensee), for operation of Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station (PBAPS), Unit Nos. 2 and 3, located in York and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania. Therefore, as required by 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58445 performed an environmental assessment. Based on the results of the environmental assessment, the NRC is issuing a finding of no significant impact. Environmental Assessment Identification of the Proposed Action The proposed action would grant an exemption to 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G.2 (III.G.2) for the use of OMAs contained in the licensee’s Fire Protection Program (FPP) in lieu of certain technical requirements contained in III.G.2. The licensee’s FPP requires that the identified operator manual actions be performed outside of the control room to achieve shutdown of the reactor following fires in certain fire areas in the plant. The licensee states that the documentation provided in the submitted exemption request for PBAPS, Unit Nos. 2 and 3, demonstrates the feasibility and reliability of the identified OMAs. The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee’s application dated March 6, 2009, as supplemented by letter dated February 12, 2010 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession Nos. ML090680141 and ML100470774, respectively). The Need for the Proposed Action The proposed exemption requests the use of OMAs in lieu of meeting the circuit separation and protection requirements contained in III.G.2 for 11 fire areas described in the PBAPS FPP. The OMAs consist of a sequence of tasks that are initiated upon confirmation of a fire in the associated fire area. The proposed exemption is necessary because the crediting of OMAs to achieve and maintain hot shutdown of the reactor is not addressed in 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G.2, and an exemption is therefore required in accordance with 10 CFR 50.12. Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action The NRC has completed its evaluation for the proposed action and concludes that the OMAs addressed in the application are feasible and can be reliably performed. Further, the NRC concludes that the licensee has demonstrated sufficient defense-indepth such that identified preventative and protective measures in addition to the specified OMAs demonstrate the licensee’s ability to preserve or maintain safe shutdown capability in the event of a fire in the analyzed fire areas. The details of the NRC staff’s safety evaluation will be provided in the E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 58446 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 185 / Friday, September 24, 2010 / Notices exemption that will be issued as part of the letter to the licensee approving the exemption to 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G.2. 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 or 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 staff concludes that there are no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ‘‘noaction’’ alternative). Denial of the application would not result in a decrease in current environmental impacts. If the proposed action was denied, the licensee would have to perform plant modifications to achieve compliance. 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 PBAPS Unit Nos. 1, 2, and 3, dated April 1973, and for PBAPS Unit Nos. 2 and 3, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants,’’ (NUREG–1437, Supplement 10), dated January 2003. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 Sep 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 Agencies and Persons Consulted FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: In accordance with its stated policy, on September xx, 2010, the NRC staff consulted with the Pennsylvania State official, Bradley Fuller, of the Pennsylvania State Department of Environmental Protection, regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action. The State official had no comments. Rafael L. Rodriguez, Project Manager, Fuel Manufacturing Branch, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 492–3111; Fax Number: (301) 492–3363; E-mail: Rafael.Rodriguez@nrc.gov. 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 March 6, 2009, as supplemented on February 12, 2010 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML090680141 and ML100470774, respectively). Documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Room O1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available records will be accessible electronically from the ADAMS Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1–800–397–4209 or 301–415–4737, or send an e-mail to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of September 2010. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. John D. Hughey, Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch I– 2, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2010–23958 Filed 9–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Notice of Issuance of Amendment No. 1 for Special Nuclear Material License No. SNM–1227 [AREVA NP, Inc., Richland, WA] Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of issuance of license amendment. PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Introduction By letter dated June 12, 2008, to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), AREVA NP, Inc. (AREVA) requested approval of an amendment to its Special Nuclear Material License No. SNM–1227 which would authorize AREVA to install and operate a new process at its fuel fabrication facility in Richland, Washington, that will use supercritical carbon dioxide to extract uranium from waste material that contains a relatively low percentage of uranium. This submittal was revised and resubmitted by AREVA on August 22, 2008, to reflect the required portion marking set forth in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 2.390(b). Pursuant to the requirements in 10 CFR 2.106, the NRC is providing notice that Amendment No. 1 for Special Nuclear Material License No. SNM–1227 has been issued. AREVA’s request for the proposed amendment was previously noticed, and an opportunity to request a hearing was provided in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009 (74 FR 3110–3114). The NRC staff evaluated AREVA’s license amendment request and concluded that it meets the regulatory criteria for a categorical exclusion, as described in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(11). This conclusion is documented in the NRC staff’s Safety Evaluation Report (SER). This license amendment complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and NRC’s rules and regulations as set forth in 10 CFR Chapter 1. Accordingly, this license was amended on July 28, 2010, and is effective immediately. II. Further Information [Docket No. 70–1257; NRC–2009–0028] AGENCY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRC has prepared an SER that documents the information that was reviewed and the NRC’s conclusion. In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of the NRC’s ‘‘Rules of Practice,’’ details with respect to this action, including the SER and accompanying documentation included in the license package, are available electronically at the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room at http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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[Docket Nos. 50-277 AND 50-278; NRC-2010-0303]


Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station 
Unit Nos. 2 and 3; Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering 
issuance of an exemption from Title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR) Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G, ``Fire 
Protection of Safe Shutdown Capability,'' for the use of operator 
manual actions (OMAs) in lieu of the requirements specified in Appendix 
R, Section III.G.2, for Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-44 
and DPR-56, issued to Exelon Generation Company, LLC (the licensee), 
for operation of Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station (PBAPS), Unit Nos. 2 
and 3, located in York and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania. Therefore, 
as required by 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC performed an environmental 
assessment. Based on the results of the environmental assessment, the 
NRC is issuing a finding of no significant impact.

Environmental Assessment

Identification of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action would grant an exemption to 10 CFR Part 50, 
Appendix R, Section III.G.2 (III.G.2) for the use of OMAs contained in 
the licensee's Fire Protection Program (FPP) in lieu of certain 
technical requirements contained in III.G.2. The licensee's FPP 
requires that the identified operator manual actions be performed 
outside of the control room to achieve shutdown of the reactor 
following fires in certain fire areas in the plant. The licensee states 
that the documentation provided in the submitted exemption request for 
PBAPS, Unit Nos. 2 and 3, demonstrates the feasibility and reliability 
of the identified OMAs.
    The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee's 
application dated March 6, 2009, as supplemented by letter dated 
February 12, 2010 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS) Accession Nos. ML090680141 and ML100470774, respectively).

The Need for the Proposed Action

    The proposed exemption requests the use of OMAs in lieu of meeting 
the circuit separation and protection requirements contained in III.G.2 
for 11 fire areas described in the PBAPS FPP. The OMAs consist of a 
sequence of tasks that are initiated upon confirmation of a fire in the 
associated fire area. The proposed exemption is necessary because the 
crediting of OMAs to achieve and maintain hot shutdown of the reactor 
is not addressed in 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G.2, and an 
exemption is therefore required in accordance with 10 CFR 50.12.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC has completed its evaluation for the proposed action and 
concludes that the OMAs addressed in the application are feasible and 
can be reliably performed. Further, the NRC concludes that the licensee 
has demonstrated sufficient defense-in-depth such that identified 
preventative and protective measures in addition to the specified OMAs 
demonstrate the licensee's ability to preserve or maintain safe 
shutdown capability in the event of a fire in the analyzed fire areas.
    The details of the NRC staff's safety evaluation will be provided 
in the

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exemption that will be issued as part of the letter to the licensee 
approving the exemption to 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G.2.
    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 or the 
plant, or to threatened, endangered, or protected species under the 
Endangered Species Act, or impacts to essential fish habitat covered by 
the Magnuson-Stevens 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 
non-radiological environmental impacts are expected as a result of the 
proposed action. Accordingly, the NRC staff concludes that there are no 
significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered 
denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative). 
Denial of the application would not result in a decrease in current 
environmental impacts. If the proposed action was denied, the licensee 
would have to perform plant modifications to achieve compliance. 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 
PBAPS Unit Nos. 1, 2, and 3, dated April 1973, and for PBAPS Unit Nos. 
2 and 3, ``Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal 
of Nuclear Plants,'' (NUREG-1437, Supplement 10), dated January 2003.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    In accordance with its stated policy, on September xx, 2010, the 
NRC staff consulted with the Pennsylvania State official, Bradley 
Fuller, of the Pennsylvania State Department of Environmental 
Protection, 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 March 6, 2009, as supplemented on February 12, 
2010 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML090680141 and ML100470774, respectively). 
Documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public 
Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Room O1 F21, 
11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly 
available records will be accessible electronically from the ADAMS 
Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC Web site, 
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. Persons who do not have 
access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents 
located in ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by 
telephone at 1-800-397-4209 or 301-415-4737, or send an e-mail to 
pdr.resource@nrc.gov.

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

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John D. Hughey,
Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch I-2, Division of Operating 
Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
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