Placement of the Georgia Agreement State Program on Probation, 48726-48727 [2013-19306]

Download as PDF 48726 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 154 / Friday, August 9, 2013 / Notices with 10 CFR 51.22. Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment need be prepared for these amendments. IV. Conclusion Using the reasons set forth in the combined safety evaluation, the staff granted the exemption and issued the amendment that the licensee requested on February 7, 2013, and supplemented by letter dated February 14, 2013. The exemption and amendment were issued on July 1, 2013 as part of a combined package to the licensee. (ADAMS Accession No. ML13151A457). Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day of August 2013. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Lawrence Burkhart, Chief, Licensing Branch 4, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. 2013–19309 Filed 8–8–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2013–0181] Placement of the Georgia Agreement State Program on Probation Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of the Georgia Agreement State Program being placed on probation. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is announcing the placement of the Georgia Agreement State Program (Georgia Program) for the regulation of certain Atomic Energy Act materials on probation and a further increase in the NRC oversight of the Georgia Program, including overseeing implementation of a ‘‘Program Improvement Plan’’ developed by the staff of the Georgia Program. Once the Georgia Program has met the commitments made in the ‘‘Program Improvement Plan,’’ and has demonstrated significant and sustainable improvements, the probationary status could be lifted. There will be further announcements of such action. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2013–0181] when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may access publicly-available information related to this action by the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:54 Aug 08, 2013 Jkt 229001 for Docket ID NRC–2013–0181]. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘ADAMS Public Documents’’ and then select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this document (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC’s PDR, Room O1–F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Dimmick, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555, telephone: 301–415–0694, email: Lisa.Dimmick@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under Section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act, as amended, the Commission retains the authority and the responsibility to ensure that Agreement State programs continue to provide adequate protection of public health and safety, and to be compatible with the NRC’s program with respect to the regulation of the materials and uses authorized under the agreement. Agreement States are States that have assumed regulatory authority from the NRC over the possession and use of certain radioactive materials. Section 274j. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, requires that the NRC periodically review each Agreement State to ensure each State’s regulatory programs are adequate and compatible. The NRC evaluates Agreement State radiation control programs, using performance indicators, to ensure that public health and safety is being adequately protected. The periodic review process for Agreement State programs is called the Integrated Materials Performance Evaluation Program (IMPEP). PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Management Review Board (MRB), in a public meeting, makes the overall assessment of the Agreement State program. Information considered by the MRB includes the proposed final IMPEP report, which presents suggested performance indicator ratings and recommendations prepared by the IMPEP review team, and information provided by the State at the MRB meeting. For most IMPEP reviews, no action other than issuance of the final IMPEP report is needed. For those infrequent reviews where additional action is needed, the MRB may consider Monitoring, Heightened Oversight, and recommendations for Probation, Suspension, or Termination. The most significant actions, Probation, Suspension, or Termination, require Commission approval. In 2008, the MRB placed the Georgia Program under a condition of Monitoring due to the results of the 2008 Georgia Program IMPEP. After the most recent review, the MRB found the overall Georgia Program compatible with the NRC’s program and adequate to protect public health and safety, but it needs improvement. The MRB found the Georgia Program performance unsatisfactory for two performance indicators: Technical Quality of Inspections, and Technical Quality of Incident and Allegation Activities. The Georgia Program was found satisfactory, but it needs improvement, for three performance indicators: Technical Staffing and Training, Status of Materials Inspection Program, and Technical Quality of Licensing Actions. The indicators, Compatibility Requirements and Sealed Source and Device Evaluation were found satisfactory. The MRB recommended that the Georgia Program be placed on Probation due to the significant performance issues identified. The Commission agreed that the Georgia Program should be placed on Probation. The Georgia Agreement State Program’s progress in addressing the program weaknesses will be evaluated in January 2014 by an IMPEP review team. Once the MRB determines that the Agreement State has met the commitments in the ‘‘Program Improvement Plan’’ and has demonstrated significant and sustainable improvements in program performance, a recommendation will be made to the Commission that the probationary status be lifted. Notification of discontinuance of Probation would be made to the Governor of Georgia, the Georgia Congressional delegation, and all other Agreement and Non-Agreement States. E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 154 / Friday, August 9, 2013 / Notices The NRC would also publish a Federal Register notice and a press release announcing the discontinuance of Probation for the Georgia Program, if approved by the Commission. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 2nd day of August, 2013. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mark A. Satorius, Director, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs. [FR Doc. 2013–19306 Filed 8–8–13; 8:45 am] For additional direction on accessing information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Accessing Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan DeGange, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001; telephone: 301–415–6992 or email: Jonathan.DeGange@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 7590–01–P I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION A. Accessing Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2013– 0160 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may access information related to this document, which the NRC possesses and is publicly available, by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2013–0160. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘ADAMS Public Documents’’ and then select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS Accession numbers for the redline document comparing the current revision and the proposed revision are available in ADAMS under Accession Nos.: Section 3.9.3, Proposed Revision 1 (ML12334A360), Current Revision 0 (ML070430397), Redline (ML12341A203). • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC’s PDR, Room O1–F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. [NRC–2013–0160] Proposed Revisions to Design of Structures, Components, Equipment and Systems Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Standard review plan-draft section revision; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is soliciting public comment on the following sections in Chapter 3, ‘‘Design of Structures, Components, Equipment, and Systems’’ and soliciting public comment on NUREG–0800, ‘‘Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition,’’ Section 3.9.3 ‘‘ASME Code Class 1, 2, and 3 Components, and Component Supports, and Core Support Structures.’’ DATES: Comments must be filed no later than September 9, 2013. Comments received after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. ADDRESSES: You may access information and comment submissions related to this document, which the NRC possesses and is publicly available, by searching on http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID NRC–2013–0160. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2013–0160. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. • Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, Mail Stop: 3WFN 06A44M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:54 Aug 08, 2013 Jkt 229001 B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2013– 0160 in the subject line of your comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make your comment submission available to the public in this docket. The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information in comment submissions that you do not want to be publicly disclosed. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http:// www.regulations.gov as well as enters the comment submissions into ADAMS. PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48727 The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information. If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information in their comment submissions that they do not want to be publicly disclosed. Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. II. Further Information The NRC seeks public comment on the proposed revisions to this section. In respect of this revision, details of specific changes are included at the end of the revised section, and are shown in the description of changes. The changes to this Standard Review Plan (SRP) Chapter reflect the current staff review methods and practices based on lessons learned from NRC reviews of design certification and combined license applications completed since the last revision of this chapter. These sections have been updated to reflect the guidance provided in SRP 3.12 for Generic Issue 89 on stiff pipe clamps (ADAMS Accession No. ML101720320), as well as in SRP Section 3.9.6 for the operational readiness of snubbers (ADAMS Accession No. ML070720041), and review interfaces have been updated accordingly. Terms have been revised from ‘‘Operability’’ and ‘‘Operability Assurance’’ to ‘‘Operational Readiness’’ for consistency with other SRP sections, including the title of Appendix A, Section 5. Subsection 3.9.3.III.1 and Table 1 in Appendix A were revised to correct discussion of the operating-basis earthquake for new reactors. Additional references were also added to the references section. Accession numbers for the redline document comparing the current revision with the proposed revision are included in the Supplementary Information section. The NRC staff is issuing this notice to solicit public comments on the revised SRP Sections in Chapter 3. After the NRC staff considers any public comments, it will make a determination regarding the revised SRP Sections in Chapter 3. Backfitting and Issue Finality Issuance of this draft SRP, if finalized, would not constitute Backfitting as defined in 10 CFR 50.109, or otherwise be inconsistent with the issue finality E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 154 (Friday, August 9, 2013)]
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[Pages 48726-48727]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-19306]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2013-0181]


Placement of the Georgia Agreement State Program on Probation

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of the Georgia Agreement State Program being placed on 
probation.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is announcing the 
placement of the Georgia Agreement State Program (Georgia Program) for 
the regulation of certain Atomic Energy Act materials on probation and 
a further increase in the NRC oversight of the Georgia Program, 
including overseeing implementation of a ``Program Improvement Plan'' 
developed by the staff of the Georgia Program. Once the Georgia Program 
has met the commitments made in the ``Program Improvement Plan,'' and 
has demonstrated significant and sustainable improvements, the 
probationary status could be lifted. There will be further 
announcements of such action.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0181] when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access publicly-available information related to this action by the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0181]. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number 
for each document referenced in this document (if that document is 
available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is 
referenced
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Dimmick, Office of Federal and 
State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555, telephone: 301-415-0694, 
email: Lisa.Dimmick@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Under Section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act, as amended, the 
Commission retains the authority and the responsibility to ensure that 
Agreement State programs continue to provide adequate protection of 
public health and safety, and to be compatible with the NRC's program 
with respect to the regulation of the materials and uses authorized 
under the agreement. Agreement States are States that have assumed 
regulatory authority from the NRC over the possession and use of 
certain radioactive materials.
    Section 274j. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, 
requires that the NRC periodically review each Agreement State to 
ensure each State's regulatory programs are adequate and compatible. 
The NRC evaluates Agreement State radiation control programs, using 
performance indicators, to ensure that public health and safety is 
being adequately protected. The periodic review process for Agreement 
State programs is called the Integrated Materials Performance 
Evaluation Program (IMPEP).
    The Management Review Board (MRB), in a public meeting, makes the 
overall assessment of the Agreement State program. Information 
considered by the MRB includes the proposed final IMPEP report, which 
presents suggested performance indicator ratings and recommendations 
prepared by the IMPEP review team, and information provided by the 
State at the MRB meeting. For most IMPEP reviews, no action other than 
issuance of the final IMPEP report is needed. For those infrequent 
reviews where additional action is needed, the MRB may consider 
Monitoring, Heightened Oversight, and recommendations for Probation, 
Suspension, or Termination. The most significant actions, Probation, 
Suspension, or Termination, require Commission approval. In 2008, the 
MRB placed the Georgia Program under a condition of Monitoring due to 
the results of the 2008 Georgia Program IMPEP.
    After the most recent review, the MRB found the overall Georgia 
Program compatible with the NRC's program and adequate to protect 
public health and safety, but it needs improvement. The MRB found the 
Georgia Program performance unsatisfactory for two performance 
indicators: Technical Quality of Inspections, and Technical Quality of 
Incident and Allegation Activities. The Georgia Program was found 
satisfactory, but it needs improvement, for three performance 
indicators: Technical Staffing and Training, Status of Materials 
Inspection Program, and Technical Quality of Licensing Actions. The 
indicators, Compatibility Requirements and Sealed Source and Device 
Evaluation were found satisfactory. The MRB recommended that the 
Georgia Program be placed on Probation due to the significant 
performance issues identified. The Commission agreed that the Georgia 
Program should be placed on Probation.
    The Georgia Agreement State Program's progress in addressing the 
program weaknesses will be evaluated in January 2014 by an IMPEP review 
team. Once the MRB determines that the Agreement State has met the 
commitments in the ``Program Improvement Plan'' and has demonstrated 
significant and sustainable improvements in program performance, a 
recommendation will be made to the Commission that the probationary 
status be lifted.
    Notification of discontinuance of Probation would be made to the 
Governor of Georgia, the Georgia Congressional delegation, and all 
other Agreement and Non-Agreement States.

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The NRC would also publish a Federal Register notice and a press 
release announcing the discontinuance of Probation for the Georgia 
Program, if approved by the Commission.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 2nd day of August, 2013.
    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Mark A. Satorius,
Director, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental 
Management Programs.
[FR Doc. 2013-19306 Filed 8-8-13; 8:45 am]
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