Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for River Bend Unit 3, Exemption From the Requirements To Update a Final Safety Analysis Report Submitted as Part of a Combined License Application, 75376-75379 [2013-29558]

Download as PDF 75376 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / Notices NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION Information Security Oversight Office [NARA–2014–010] State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Policy Advisory Committee (SLTP– PAC) National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Meeting Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. appendix 2), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announces a meeting of the State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Policy Advisory Committee (SLTP–PAC). The meeting will be held to discuss matters relating to the Classified National Security Information Program for State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Entities. The meeting will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held on January 24, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 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AGENCY: [FR Doc. 2013–29534 Filed 12–10–13; 8:45 am] ACTION: BILLING CODE 7555–01–P The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required to publish SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 10, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 52–036; NRC–2008–0616] Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for River Bend Unit 3, Exemption From the Requirements To Update a Final Safety Analysis Report Submitted as Part of a Combined License Application Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an exemption in response to a September 30, 2013, request from Entergy Operations, Inc. (EOI) which requested an exemption from Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) updates included in their Combined License (COL) application. The NRC staff reviewed this request and determined that it is appropriate to grant the exemption, but stipulated that the updates to the FSAR must be submitted prior to, or coincident with, the resumption of the COL application review or by December 31, 2014, whichever comes first. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2008–0616 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–2008–0616. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individuals 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 the document is referenced. • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / Notices the NRC’s PDR, Room O1–F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Klos, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–5136; email: John.Klos@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following sections include the text of the exemption in its entirety as issued to EOI. 1.0 Background On September 25, 2008, EOI submitted to the NRC a COL application for one Economic Simplified BoilingWater Reactor to be constructed and operated near St. Francisville, Louisiana in West Feliciana Parish. The NRC accepted for docketing the River Bend Station Unit 3 (RBS3) COL application on December 4, 2008 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML083370275, Docket No. 52–036). On January 9, 2009, EOI requested that the NRC temporarily suspend review of the application and the NRC granted EOI’s request (ADAMS Accession No. ML090080277) while the application remained docketed. On December 3, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12342A231), EOI submitted updates to the Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR), per Section 50.71(e)(3)(iii) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR). On September 30, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13275A066), EOI requested an exemption from the 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requirements to submit COL FSAR updates. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2.0 Request/Action Section 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requires that an applicant for a COL under Subpart C of 10 CFR Part 52, must update their FSAR annually during the period from docketing the application to the Commission making its 10 CFR 52.103(g) finding. Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) the next annual update of the FSAR concerning the RBS3 COL application would be due in December 2013 as EOI included an update to the FSAR in a letter dated December 3, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12342A231). By letter dated January 9, 2009, EOI requested that the NRC suspend review of the RBS3 COL. The NRC granted EOI’s request for suspension (ADAMS Accession No. ML090080277) and all review activities related to the RBS3 COL application were suspended while the application remained docketed. In a VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 10, 2013 Jkt 232001 letter dated, September 30, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13275A066), EOI requested that the RBS3 COL application be exempt from the 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requirements until the time that EOI requests the NRC to resume the review of the RBS3 COL application review is made by EOI. Prior to, or coincident with this reactivation request, EOI commits to submit an updated FSAR. EOI’s requested exemption is interpreted as a one-time schedule change from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). The exemption would allow EOI to submit the next FSAR update at a later date, but still in advance of NRC’s reinstating its review of the application and in any event, by December 31, 2014. The current FSAR update requirement could not be changed, absent the exemption. 3.0 Discussion Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.12 the Commission may, upon application by any interested person or upon its own initiative, grant exemptions from the requirements of 10 CFR Part 50, including 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) when: (1) The exemption(s) are authorized by law, will not present an undue risk to public health or safety, and are consistent with the common defense and security; and (2) special circumstances are present. As relevant to the requested exemption, special circumstances exist if: ‘‘Application of the regulation in the particular circumstances would not serve the underlying purpose of the rule or is not necessary to achieve the underlying purpose of the rule’’ (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(iii)) and if ‘‘the exemption would provide only temporary relief from the applicable regulation and the licensee or applicant has made good faith efforts to comply with the regulation’’ (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v)). The purpose of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) is to ensure that the NRC has the most up to date information regarding the COL application, in order to perform an efficient and effective review. The rule targeted those applications that are being actively reviewed by the NRC. Because EOI requested the NRC to suspend its review of the RBS3 COL application, compelling EOI to submit its FSAR on an annual basis is not necessary as the FSAR will not be changed or updated until the review is restarted. Requiring the updates would result in undue hardship on EOI, and the purpose of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) would still be achieved if the update is submitted prior to restarting the review and in any event by December 31, 2014. PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75377 The requested exemption to defer submittal of the next update to the FSAR included in the RBS3 COL application would provide only temporary relief from the regulations of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). As evidenced by the proper submittal of annual updates on December 6, 2010 (ADAMS Accession No. ML103440074), December 7, 2011 (ADAMS Accession No. ML11343A568), and December 3, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12342A231), EOI has made good faith efforts to comply with 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) prior to requesting suspension of the review. EOI’s exemption request asks the NRC to grant exemption from 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) until a reactivation request is made by EOI for the RBS3 COL application. Because such a request is seen as openended and therefore not temporary, the NRC included a December 31, 2014, deadline as part of its review of the exemption request. For the reasons stated above, the application of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) in this particular circumstance can be deemed unnecessary and the granting of the exemption would allow only temporary relief from a rule that the applicant had made good faith efforts to comply with, therefore special circumstances are present. Authorized by Law The exemption is a one-time schedule exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). The exemption would allow EOI to submit the next RBS3 FSAR update on or before December 31, 2014, in lieu of the required scheduled submittal in December 2013. As stated above, 10 CFR 50.12 allows the NRC to grant exemptions from the requirements of 10 CFR Part 50 . The NRC staff has determined that granting EOI the requested one-time exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) will provide only temporary relief from this regulation and will not result in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or the NRC’s regulations. Therefore, the exemption is authorized by law. No Undue Risk to Public Health and Safety The underlying purposes of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii), is to provide for a timely and comprehensive update of the FSAR associated with a COL application in order to support an effective and efficient review by the NRC staff and issuance of the NRC staff’s safety evaluation report. The requested exemption is solely administrative in nature, in that it pertains to the E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 75378 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / Notices schedule for submittal to the NRC of revisions to an application under 10 CFR Part 52, for which a license has not been granted. In addition, since the review of the application has been suspended, any update to the application submitted by EOI will not be reviewed by the NRC at this time. Based on the nature of the requested exemption as described above, no new accident precursors are created by the exemption thus, neither the probability, nor the consequences of postulated accidents are increased. Therefore, there is no undue risk to public health and safety. Plant construction cannot proceed until the NRC review of the application is completed, a mandatory hearing is completed and a license decision is made, the probability of postulated accidents is not increased. Additionally, based on the nature of the requested exemption, as described above, no new accident precursors are created by the exemption; thus neither probability, nor the consequences of postulated accidents are not increased. Therefore, there is no undue risk to public health and safety. Special circumstances, in accordance with 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v) are present whenever the exemption would provide only temporary relief from the regulation and the applicant has made good faith efforts to comply with this regulation. Because of the assumed and imposed new deadline of December 31, 2014, EOI’s exemption request seeks only temporary relief from the requirement that it file an update to the FSAR included in the RBS3 COL application. Therefore, since the relief from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) would be temporary and the applicant has made good faith efforts to comply with the rule, and the underlying purpose of the rule is not served by application of the rule in this circumstance, the special circumstances required by 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(ii) and 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v) for the granting of an exemption from 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) exist. Eligibility for Categorical Exclusion From Environmental Review With respect to the exemption’s impact on the quality of the human environment, the NRC has determined that this specific exemption request is eligible for categorical exclusion as identified in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25) and justified by the NRC staff as follows: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Consistent With Common Defense and Security The requested exemption would allow EOI to submit the next FSAR update prior to, or coincident with requesting the NRC to resume the review and, in any event, on or before December 31, 2014. This schedule change has no relation to security issues. Therefore, the common defense and security is not impacted. (c) The following categories of actions are categorical exclusions: (25) Granting of an exemption from the requirements of any regulation of this chapter, provided that— (i) There is no significant hazards consideration; Special Circumstances Special circumstances, in accordance with 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(ii) are present ‘‘[a]pplication of the regulation in the particular circumstances would not serve the underlying purpose of the rule or is not necessary to achieve the underlying purpose of the rule’’ (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(ii)). The underlying purpose of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) is to ensure that the NRC has the most up-to date information in order to perform its review of a COL application efficiently and effectively. Because the requirement to annually update the FSAR was intended for active reviews and the RBS3 COL application review is now suspended, the application of this regulation in this particular circumstance is unnecessary in order to achieve its underlying purpose. If the NRC were to grant this exemption, and EOI were then required to update its FSAR by December 31, 2014, or prior to any request to restart of their review, the purpose of the rule would still be achieved. The criteria for determining whether there is no significant hazards consideration are found in 10 CFR 50.92. The proposed action involves only a schedule change regarding the submission of an update to the application for which the licensing review has been suspended. Therefore, there is no significant hazards considerations because granting the proposed exemption would not: (1) Involve a significant increase in the probability or consequences of an accident previously evaluated; or (2) Create the possibility of a new or different kind of accident from any accident previously evaluated; or (3) Involve a significant reduction in a margin of safety. (ii) There is no significant change in the types or significant increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite; The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is administrative in nature, and does not involve any changes to be made in the types or significant increase in the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 10, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 amounts of effluents that may be released offsite. (iii) There is no significant increase in individual or cumulative public or occupational radiation exposure; Since the proposed action involves only a schedule change which is administrative in nature, it does not contribute to any significant increase in occupational or public radiation exposure. (iv) There is no significant construction impact; The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is administrative in nature; the application review is suspended until further notice, and there is no consideration of any construction at this time, and hence the proposed action does not involve any construction impact. (v) There is no significant increase in the potential for or consequences from radiological accidents; and The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is administrative in nature, and does not impact the probability or consequences of accidents. (vi) The requirements from which an exemption is sought involve: (B) Reporting requirements; The exemption request involves submitting an updated FSAR by EOI and (G) Scheduling requirements; The proposed exemption relates to the schedule for submitting FSAR updates to the NRC. 4.0 Conclusion Accordingly, the Commission has determined that, pursuant to 10 CFR 50.12(a)(1) and (2), the exemption is authorized by law, will not present an undue risk to the public health and safety, and is consistent with the common defense and security. Also special circumstances are present. Therefore, the Commission hereby grants EOI a one-time exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) pertaining to the River Bend Station Unit 3 COL application to allow submittal of the next FSAR update prior to, or coincident with any request to the NRC to resume the review, and in any event, no later than December 31, 2014. Pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22, the Commission has determined that the exemption request meets the applicable categorical exclusion criteria set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25), and the granting of this exemption will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. This exemption is effective upon issuance. E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / Notices Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 4th day of December 2013. For The Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Ronaldo Jenkins, Chief, Licensing Branch 3, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. 2013–29558 Filed 12–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 52–024; NRC–2008–0233] Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for Grand Gulf Unit 3; Exemption From the Requirements To Update a Final Safety Analysis Report Submitted as Part of a Combined License Application Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an exemption in response to a September 30, 2013, request from Entergy Operations, Inc. (EOI) which requested an exemption from Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) updates included in their Combined License (COL) application. The NRC staff reviewed this request and determined that it is appropriate to grant the exemption, but stipulated that the updates to the FSAR must be submitted prior to, or coincident with, the resumption of the COL application review or by December 31, 2014, whichever comes first. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2008–0233 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–2008–0233. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individuals 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 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 10, 2013 Jkt 232001 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 the 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: John Klos, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–5136; email: John.Klos@ nrc.gov. The following sections include the text of the exemption in its entirety as issued to EOI. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1.0 Background On February 27, 2008, EOI submitted to the NRC a COL application for one Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor to be constructed and operated at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) site in Claiborne County, Mississippi. The NRC accepted for docketing the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station Unit 3 (GGNS3) COL application on April 17, 2008 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML081050460, Docket No. 52–024). On January 9, 2009, EOI requested that the NRC temporarily suspend review of the application and the NRC granted EOI’s request (ADAMS Accession No. ML090080523) while the application remained docketed. On December 3, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12342A231), EOI submitted updates to the Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR), per Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Subsection 50.71(e)(3)(iii). On September 30, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13275A065), EOI requested an exemption from the 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requirements to submit COL FSAR updates. 2.0 Request/Action 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requires that an applicant for a COL under Subpart C of 10 CFR Part 52, must update their FSAR annually during the period from docketing the application to the Commission making its 52.103(g) finding. Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) the next annual update of the FSAR included in the GGNS3 COL application would be due in December 2013 as EOI PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75379 included an update to the FSAR in a letter dated December 3, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12342A231). By letter dated January 9, 2009, (ADAMS Accession No. ML090080523) EOI requested that the NRC suspend review of the GGNS3 COL. The NRC granted EOI’s request for suspension and all review activities related to the GGNS3 COL application were suspended while the application remained docketed. In a letter dated, September 30, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13275A065), EOI requested that the GGNS3 COL application be exempt from the 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requirements until the time that EOI requests the NRC to resume the review of the GGNS3 COL application. Prior to, or coincident with this reactivation request, EOI commits to submit an updated FSAR. EOI’s requested exemption is interpreted as a one-time schedule change from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). The exemption would allow EOI to submit the next FSAR update at a later date, but still in advance of NRC’s reinstating its review of the application and in any event, by December 31, 2014. The current FSAR update schedule could not be changed, absent the exemption. 3.0 Discussion Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.12 the Commission may, upon application by any interested person or upon its own initiative, grant exemptions from the requirements of 10 CFR Part 50, including Section 50.71(e)(3)(iii) when: (1) The exemption(s) are authorized by law, will not present an undue risk to public health or safety, and are consistent with the common defense and security; and (2) special circumstances are present. As relevant to the requested exemption, special circumstances exist if: ‘‘application of the regulation in the particular circumstances would not serve the underlying purpose of the rule or is not necessary to achieve the underlying purpose of the rule’’ (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(ii)) and if ‘‘the exemption would provide only temporary relief from the applicable regulation and the licensee or applicant has made good faith efforts to comply with the regulation’’ (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v)). The purpose of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) is to ensure that the NRC has the most up to date information regarding the COL application, in order to perform an efficient and effective review. The rule targeted those applications that are being actively reviewed by the NRC. Because EOI requested the NRC to suspend its review of the GGNS3 COL application, compelling EOI to submit E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 52-036; NRC-2008-0616]


Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for River 
Bend Unit 3, Exemption From the Requirements To Update a Final Safety 
Analysis Report Submitted as Part of a Combined License Application

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Exemption.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an 
exemption in response to a September 30, 2013, request from Entergy 
Operations, Inc. (EOI) which requested an exemption from Final Safety 
Analysis Report (FSAR) updates included in their Combined License (COL) 
application. The NRC staff reviewed this request and determined that it 
is appropriate to grant the exemption, but stipulated that the updates 
to the FSAR must be submitted prior to, or coincident with, the 
resumption of the COL application review or by December 31, 2014, 
whichever comes first.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2008-0616 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-2008-0616. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individuals 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 the document is 
referenced.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at

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the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville 
Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Klos, Office of New Reactors, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, 20555-0001; 
telephone: 301-415-5136; email: John.Klos@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following sections include the text of 
the exemption in its entirety as issued to EOI.

1.0 Background

    On September 25, 2008, EOI submitted to the NRC a COL application 
for one Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor to be constructed and 
operated near St. Francisville, Louisiana in West Feliciana Parish. The 
NRC accepted for docketing the River Bend Station Unit 3 (RBS3) COL 
application on December 4, 2008 (Agencywide Documents Access and 
Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML083370275, Docket No. 52-
036). On January 9, 2009, EOI requested that the NRC temporarily 
suspend review of the application and the NRC granted EOI's request 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML090080277) while the application remained 
docketed. On December 3, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12342A231), EOI 
submitted updates to the Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR), per 
Section 50.71(e)(3)(iii) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(10 CFR). On September 30, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13275A066), EOI 
requested an exemption from the 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requirements to 
submit COL FSAR updates.

2.0 Request/Action

    Section 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requires that an applicant for a COL under 
Subpart C of 10 CFR Part 52, must update their FSAR annually during the 
period from docketing the application to the Commission making its 10 
CFR 52.103(g) finding.
    Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) the next annual update of the 
FSAR concerning the RBS3 COL application would be due in December 2013 
as EOI included an update to the FSAR in a letter dated December 3, 
2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12342A231). By letter dated January 9, 
2009, EOI requested that the NRC suspend review of the RBS3 COL. The 
NRC granted EOI's request for suspension (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML090080277) and all review activities related to the RBS3 COL 
application were suspended while the application remained docketed. In 
a letter dated, September 30, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13275A066), 
EOI requested that the RBS3 COL application be exempt from the 10 CFR 
50.71(e)(3)(iii) requirements until the time that EOI requests the NRC 
to resume the review of the RBS3 COL application review is made by EOI. 
Prior to, or coincident with this reactivation request, EOI commits to 
submit an updated FSAR.
    EOI's requested exemption is interpreted as a one-time schedule 
change from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). The exemption 
would allow EOI to submit the next FSAR update at a later date, but 
still in advance of NRC's reinstating its review of the application and 
in any event, by December 31, 2014. The current FSAR update requirement 
could not be changed, absent the exemption.

3.0 Discussion

    Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.12 the Commission may, upon application by 
any interested person or upon its own initiative, grant exemptions from 
the requirements of 10 CFR Part 50, including 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) 
when: (1) The exemption(s) are authorized by law, will not present an 
undue risk to public health or safety, and are consistent with the 
common defense and security; and (2) special circumstances are present. 
As relevant to the requested exemption, special circumstances exist if: 
``Application of the regulation in the particular circumstances would 
not serve the underlying purpose of the rule or is not necessary to 
achieve the underlying purpose of the rule'' (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(iii)) 
and if ``the exemption would provide only temporary relief from the 
applicable regulation and the licensee or applicant has made good faith 
efforts to comply with the regulation'' (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v)).
    The purpose of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) is to ensure that the NRC 
has the most up to date information regarding the COL application, in 
order to perform an efficient and effective review. The rule targeted 
those applications that are being actively reviewed by the NRC. Because 
EOI requested the NRC to suspend its review of the RBS3 COL 
application, compelling EOI to submit its FSAR on an annual basis is 
not necessary as the FSAR will not be changed or updated until the 
review is restarted. Requiring the updates would result in undue 
hardship on EOI, and the purpose of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) would still 
be achieved if the update is submitted prior to restarting the review 
and in any event by December 31, 2014.
    The requested exemption to defer submittal of the next update to 
the FSAR included in the RBS3 COL application would provide only 
temporary relief from the regulations of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). As 
evidenced by the proper submittal of annual updates on December 6, 2010 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML103440074), December 7, 2011 (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML11343A568), and December 3, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML12342A231), EOI has made good faith efforts to comply with 10 CFR 
50.71(e)(3)(iii) prior to requesting suspension of the review. EOI's 
exemption request asks the NRC to grant exemption from 10 CFR 
50.71(e)(3)(iii) until a reactivation request is made by EOI for the 
RBS3 COL application. Because such a request is seen as open-ended and 
therefore not temporary, the NRC included a December 31, 2014, deadline 
as part of its review of the exemption request.
    For the reasons stated above, the application of 10 CFR 
50.71(e)(3)(iii) in this particular circumstance can be deemed 
unnecessary and the granting of the exemption would allow only 
temporary relief from a rule that the applicant had made good faith 
efforts to comply with, therefore special circumstances are present.

Authorized by Law

    The exemption is a one-time schedule exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). The exemption would allow EOI 
to submit the next RBS3 FSAR update on or before December 31, 2014, in 
lieu of the required scheduled submittal in December 2013. As stated 
above, 10 CFR 50.12 allows the NRC to grant exemptions from the 
requirements of 10 CFR Part 50 . The NRC staff has determined that 
granting EOI the requested one-time exemption from the requirements of 
10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) will provide only temporary relief from this 
regulation and will not result in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act 
of 1954, as amended, or the NRC's regulations. Therefore, the exemption 
is authorized by law.

No Undue Risk to Public Health and Safety

    The underlying purposes of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii), is to provide 
for a timely and comprehensive update of the FSAR associated with a COL 
application in order to support an effective and efficient review by 
the NRC staff and issuance of the NRC staff's safety evaluation report. 
The requested exemption is solely administrative in nature, in that it 
pertains to the

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schedule for submittal to the NRC of revisions to an application under 
10 CFR Part 52, for which a license has not been granted. In addition, 
since the review of the application has been suspended, any update to 
the application submitted by EOI will not be reviewed by the NRC at 
this time. Based on the nature of the requested exemption as described 
above, no new accident precursors are created by the exemption thus, 
neither the probability, nor the consequences of postulated accidents 
are increased. Therefore, there is no undue risk to public health and 
safety. Plant construction cannot proceed until the NRC review of the 
application is completed, a mandatory hearing is completed and a 
license decision is made, the probability of postulated accidents is 
not increased. Additionally, based on the nature of the requested 
exemption, as described above, no new accident precursors are created 
by the exemption; thus neither probability, nor the consequences of 
postulated accidents are not increased. Therefore, there is no undue 
risk to public health and safety.

Consistent With Common Defense and Security

    The requested exemption would allow EOI to submit the next FSAR 
update prior to, or coincident with requesting the NRC to resume the 
review and, in any event, on or before December 31, 2014. This schedule 
change has no relation to security issues. Therefore, the common 
defense and security is not impacted.

Special Circumstances

    Special circumstances, in accordance with 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(ii) 
are present ``[a]pplication of the regulation in the particular 
circumstances would not serve the underlying purpose of the rule or is 
not necessary to achieve the underlying purpose of the rule'' (10 CFR 
50.12(a)(2)(ii)). The underlying purpose of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) is 
to ensure that the NRC has the most up-to date information in order to 
perform its review of a COL application efficiently and effectively. 
Because the requirement to annually update the FSAR was intended for 
active reviews and the RBS3 COL application review is now suspended, 
the application of this regulation in this particular circumstance is 
unnecessary in order to achieve its underlying purpose. If the NRC were 
to grant this exemption, and EOI were then required to update its FSAR 
by December 31, 2014, or prior to any request to restart of their 
review, the purpose of the rule would still be achieved.
    Special circumstances, in accordance with 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v) are 
present whenever the exemption would provide only temporary relief from 
the regulation and the applicant has made good faith efforts to comply 
with this regulation. Because of the assumed and imposed new deadline 
of December 31, 2014, EOI's exemption request seeks only temporary 
relief from the requirement that it file an update to the FSAR included 
in the RBS3 COL application. Therefore, since the relief from the 
requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) would be temporary and the 
applicant has made good faith efforts to comply with the rule, and the 
underlying purpose of the rule is not served by application of the rule 
in this circumstance, the special circumstances required by 10 CFR 
50.12(a)(2)(ii) and 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v) for the granting of an 
exemption from 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) exist.

Eligibility for Categorical Exclusion From Environmental Review

    With respect to the exemption's impact on the quality of the human 
environment, the NRC has determined that this specific exemption 
request is eligible for categorical exclusion as identified in 10 CFR 
51.22(c)(25) and justified by the NRC staff as follows:

    (c) The following categories of actions are categorical 
exclusions:
    (25) Granting of an exemption from the requirements of any 
regulation of this chapter, provided that--
    (i) There is no significant hazards consideration;

    The criteria for determining whether there is no significant 
hazards consideration are found in 10 CFR 50.92. The proposed action 
involves only a schedule change regarding the submission of an update 
to the application for which the licensing review has been suspended. 
Therefore, there is no significant hazards considerations because 
granting the proposed exemption would not:
    (1) Involve a significant increase in the probability or 
consequences of an accident previously evaluated; or
    (2) Create the possibility of a new or different kind of accident 
from any accident previously evaluated; or
    (3) Involve a significant reduction in a margin of safety.
    (ii) There is no significant change in the types or significant 
increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite;
    The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is 
administrative in nature, and does not involve any changes to be made 
in the types or significant increase in the amounts of effluents that 
may be released offsite.
    (iii) There is no significant increase in individual or cumulative 
public or occupational radiation exposure;
    Since the proposed action involves only a schedule change which is 
administrative in nature, it does not contribute to any significant 
increase in occupational or public radiation exposure.
    (iv) There is no significant construction impact;
    The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is 
administrative in nature; the application review is suspended until 
further notice, and there is no consideration of any construction at 
this time, and hence the proposed action does not involve any 
construction impact.
    (v) There is no significant increase in the potential for or 
consequences from radiological accidents; and
    The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is 
administrative in nature, and does not impact the probability or 
consequences of accidents.
    (vi) The requirements from which an exemption is sought involve:
    (B) Reporting requirements;
    The exemption request involves submitting an updated FSAR by EOI 
and
    (G) Scheduling requirements;
    The proposed exemption relates to the schedule for submitting FSAR 
updates to the NRC.

4.0 Conclusion

    Accordingly, the Commission has determined that, pursuant to 10 CFR 
50.12(a)(1) and (2), the exemption is authorized by law, will not 
present an undue risk to the public health and safety, and is 
consistent with the common defense and security. Also special 
circumstances are present. Therefore, the Commission hereby grants EOI 
a one-time exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) 
pertaining to the River Bend Station Unit 3 COL application to allow 
submittal of the next FSAR update prior to, or coincident with any 
request to the NRC to resume the review, and in any event, no later 
than December 31, 2014.
    Pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22, the Commission has determined that the 
exemption request meets the applicable categorical exclusion criteria 
set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25), and the granting of this exemption 
will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human 
environment.
    This exemption is effective upon issuance.


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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 4th day of December 2013.

    For The Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ronaldo Jenkins,
Chief, Licensing Branch 3, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of 
New Reactors.
[FR Doc. 2013-29558 Filed 12-10-13; 8:45 am]
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