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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 185 / Tuesday, September 24, 2013 / Notices 2010, ‘‘IEEE Recommended Practice for Maintenance, Testing, and Replacement of Vented Lead-Acid Batteries for Stationary Applications.’’ That standard is an update of IEEE Std 450–2002, which formed the basis for RG 1.129, Revision 2. The revised IEEE Std 450– 2010 refines the condition monitoring guidance and the use of rate-adjusted test methods for acceptance testing to ensure consistent performance of vented lead-acid batteries. Among the changes in RG 1.129, Revision 3 from the prior version is the deletion of clarifying regulatory positions 6 and 8. The former is addressed by IEEE 450–2010 and is not needed. The latter provides information on optional test methods and, unless otherwise stated in a regulatory position, this endorsement of IEEE–450–2010 does not apply to them. Therefore it is superfluous. Revision 3 of RG 1.129 represents the NRC staff’s current guidance for future users and applications. Earlier versions of this regulatory guide, however, continue to be acceptable for those licensees whose licensing basis includes earlier versions of this regulatory guide, absent a licensee-initiated change to its licensing basis. Additional information on the NRC staff’s use of this revised regulatory guide with respect to both current and future users and applications is set forth in the ‘‘Implementation’’ section of the revised regulatory guide. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Congressional Review Act This regulatory guide is a rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801–808). However, the Office of Management and Budget has not found it to be a major rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act. III. 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Existing licensees and applicants of final design certification rules will not be required to comply with the positions set forth in Revision 3 of this regulatory guide, VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:49 Sep 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 unless the licensee or design certification rule applicant seeks a voluntary change to its licensing basis with respect to safety-related power operated valve actuators, and where the NRC determines that the safety review must include consideration of the qualification of the valve actuators. Further information on the staff’s use of the Regulatory Guide 1.129, Revision 3, is contained in the regulatory guide under section D. Implementation. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of September, 2013. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Thomas H. Boyce, Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2013–23250 Filed 9–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2013–0219] Review of Experiments for Research Reactors Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Regulatory guide; withdrawal. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing Regulatory Guide (RG) 2.4, ‘‘Review of Experiments for Research Reactors.’’ The guide is being withdrawn because the industry standard which it referred to has been withdrawn, and corresponding information is available in other NRC guidance. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2013– 0219 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: • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC are available online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. To begin 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, or 301–415–4737, or by email at PDR.Resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this notice (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced. The review for the withdrawal of RG 2.4 is available in SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58575 ADAMS under Accession No. ML13143A453. • 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, MD 20852. The documents are not copyrighted and NRC approval is not required to reproduce them. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexander Adams Jr., telephone: 301–415–1127, by email at Alexander.Adams@nrc.gov, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555–0001; or Richard Jervey, telephone: 301–251–7404, by email at Richard.Jervey@nrc.gov, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC is withdrawing RG 2.4, ‘‘Review of Experiments for Research Reactors,’’ (ADAMS Accession No. ML003740131) because its guidance no longer provides useful information. RG 2.4 was published in July 1976 to provide clarification on meeting the requirements in part 50 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities,’’ for procedures acceptable to the NRC staff for a licensee’s review and approval of experiments performed at research reactor facilities. The NRC published RG 2.4 to endorse American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N401–1974 (American Nuclear Society (ANS) 15.6), ‘‘Review of Experiments for Research Reactors,’’ with exceptions and additional considerations, concerning performance of experiments which could be undertaken without affecting conditions of the facility license and thus could be performed without prior NRC approval. In 1982, ANS replaced the N401 (ANS 15.6) standard with ANS 15.1, ‘‘American National Standard for the Development of Technical Specifications for Research Reactors.’’ ANS 15.6 is no longer supported by ANS or available in print. RG 2.4 was written using the text of ANS 15.6 for reference, and because the standard no longer exists, the text within the RG no longer provides useful information. II. Further Information The withdrawal of RG 2.4 does not alter any prior or existing licensing commitments based on its use. Regulatory guides may be withdrawn when their guidance no longer provides useful information, or is superseded by technological innovations, E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 58576 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 185 / Tuesday, September 24, 2013 / Notices congressional actions, or other events. Currently, guidance applicable to experiments at research reactors can be found In RG 2.2, ‘‘Development of Technical Specifications for Experiments in Research Reactors’’ (ADAMS ML003740125) and also in NUREG–1537, ‘‘Guidelines for Preparing and Reviewing Applications for the Licensing of Non-Power Reactors’’ (ADAMS ML12251A353). Regulatory guides are revised for a variety of reasons and the withdrawal of an RG should be thought of as the final revision of the guide. Although an RG is withdrawn, current licensees may continue to use it, and withdrawal does not affect any existing licenses or agreements. Withdrawal of a guide means that the guide should not be used for future NRC licensing activities. However, although a regulatory guide is withdrawn, changes to existing licenses can be accomplished using other regulatory products. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 11th day of September, 2013. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Thomas H. Boyce, Branch Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2013–23228 Filed 9–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–70444; File No. SR–ICEEU– 2013–12] Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Europe Limited; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change to Clear Contracts Traded on ICE Endex mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES September 18, 2013. 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 185 (Tuesday, September 24, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58575-58576]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23228]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2013-0219]


Review of Experiments for Research Reactors

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Regulatory guide; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing 
Regulatory Guide (RG) 2.4, ``Review of Experiments for Research 
Reactors.'' The guide is being withdrawn because the industry standard 
which it referred to has been withdrawn, and corresponding information 
is available in other NRC guidance. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket 
ID NRC-2013-0219 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:
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC 
are available online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin 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, or 301-415-4737, or by email at PDR.Resource@nrc.gov. 
The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this notice 
(if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time 
that a document is referenced. The review for the withdrawal of RG 2.4 
is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML13143A453.
     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, MD 20852.
    The documents are not copyrighted and NRC approval is not required 
to reproduce them. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexander Adams 
Jr., telephone: 301-415-1127, by email at Alexander.Adams@nrc.gov, 
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington DC 20555-0001; or Richard Jervey, telephone: 
301-251-7404, by email at Richard.Jervey@nrc.gov, Office of Nuclear 
Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The NRC is withdrawing RG 2.4, ``Review of Experiments for Research 
Reactors,'' (ADAMS Accession No. ML003740131) because its guidance no 
longer provides useful information. RG 2.4 was published in July 1976 
to provide clarification on meeting the requirements in part 50 of 
Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Domestic 
Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities,'' for procedures 
acceptable to the NRC staff for a licensee's review and approval of 
experiments performed at research reactor facilities. The NRC published 
RG 2.4 to endorse American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N401-
1974 (American Nuclear Society (ANS) 15.6), ``Review of Experiments for 
Research Reactors,'' with exceptions and additional considerations, 
concerning performance of experiments which could be undertaken without 
affecting conditions of the facility license and thus could be 
performed without prior NRC approval. In 1982, ANS replaced the N401 
(ANS 15.6) standard with ANS 15.1, ``American National Standard for the 
Development of Technical Specifications for Research Reactors.''
    ANS 15.6 is no longer supported by ANS or available in print. RG 
2.4 was written using the text of ANS 15.6 for reference, and because 
the standard no longer exists, the text within the RG no longer 
provides useful information.

II. Further Information

    The withdrawal of RG 2.4 does not alter any prior or existing 
licensing commitments based on its use. Regulatory guides may be 
withdrawn when their guidance no longer provides useful information, or 
is superseded by technological innovations,

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congressional actions, or other events. Currently, guidance applicable 
to experiments at research reactors can be found In RG 2.2, 
``Development of Technical Specifications for Experiments in Research 
Reactors'' (ADAMS ML003740125) and also in NUREG-1537, ``Guidelines for 
Preparing and Reviewing Applications for the Licensing of Non-Power 
Reactors'' (ADAMS ML12251A353).
    Regulatory guides are revised for a variety of reasons and the 
withdrawal of an RG should be thought of as the final revision of the 
guide. Although an RG is withdrawn, current licensees may continue to 
use it, and withdrawal does not affect any existing licenses or 
agreements. Withdrawal of a guide means that the guide should not be 
used for future NRC licensing activities. However, although a 
regulatory guide is withdrawn, changes to existing licenses can be 
accomplished using other regulatory products.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 11th day of September, 2013.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas H. Boyce,
Branch Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2013-23228 Filed 9-23-13; 8:45 am]
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