Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Turbine Building Battery Room and Electrical Changes, 24460-24462 [2014-09879]

Download as PDF 24460 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Notices 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. Introduction and Solicitation of Comments mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 17th day of April 2014. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Andrew Persinko, Deputy Director, Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery Licensing Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs. [FR Doc. 2014–09735 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:41 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 Sunshine Act Meeting Nuclear Regulatory Commission [NRC–2012– 0002]. AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETINGS: DATE: The NRC has received, by letter dated September 18, 2013, an application to amend Source Materials License No. SUA–1475 (the UNC license) for the UNC Church Rock Mill site located in New Mexico (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML13277A287, ML13266A361). Specifically, UNC, a subsidiary of General Electric (GE), requested to extend the projected dates for (1) the completion of groundwater corrective actions, and (2) the emplacement of the final radon barrier and erosion protection for the UNC Church Rock Mill Site. On November 7, 2013, the NRC issued License Amendment No. 48, subsequently corrected by License Amendment No. 49 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML13277A287 and ML14043A475), granting the licensee’s request regarding its groundwater corrective actions. However, prior to making a final determination on the UNC’s second request to extend the date for emplacing the final radon barrier and the erosion protection, the NRC is providing an opportunity for public participation required under Criterion 6A(2) of Appendix A to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 40, through the provision of this opportunity to provide comments. Specific comments are requested on the requested changes to License Conditions 35.A(3) and 35.B(1), which would extend the date for emplacement of the final radon barrier and the erosion protection from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2019. Comments should be provided within 30 days of the publication date of this notice. Dated: April 25, 2014. Kenneth Hart, Technical Coordinator, Office of the Secretary. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Week of April 28, 2014. Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. PLACE: STATUS: Public and Closed. [FR Doc. 2014–09966 Filed 4–28–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 52–025 and 52–026; NRC– 2008–0252] Week of April 28, 2014 Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Turbine Building Battery Room and Electrical Changes Friday, May 2, 2014 AGENCY: ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED: 10:25 a.m. Affirmation Session (Public Meeting) (Tentative) a. SECY–14–0020 Exelon Generation Co., LLC (Byron Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2; Braidwood Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2)— Environmental Law and Policy Center Appeal of LBP–13–12 and Request for a Protective Stay. * * * * * * The schedule for Commission meetings is subject to change on short notice. To verify the status of meetings, call (recording)—(301) 415–1292. Contact person for more information: Rochelle Bavol, (301) 415–1651. * * * * * The NRC Commission Meeting Schedule can be found on the Internet at: www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/policymaking/schedule.html. * * * * * The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these public meetings, or need this meeting notice or the transcript or other information from the public meetings in another format (e.g. braille, large print), please notify Bill Dosch, Chief, Work Life and Benefits Branch, at 301–415–6200, TDD: 301– 415–2100, or by email at william.dosch@nrc.gov. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a caseby-case basis. * * * * * This notice is distributed electronically to subscribers. If you no longer wish to receive it, or would like to be added to the distribution, please contact the Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20555 (301–415–1969), or send an email to darlene.wright@ nrc.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption and combined license amendment; issuance. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an exemption to allow a departure from the certification information of Tier 1 of the generic design control document (DCD) and issuing License Amendment No. 18 to Combined Licenses (COL), NPF–91 and NPF–92. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC), Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, and City of Dalton, Georgia (the licensee), for construction and operation of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VGEP), Units 3 and 4, located in Burke County, Georgia. The amendment revises the UFSAR by making changes to the Non-Class 1E dc and Uninterruptible Power Supply System (EDS) and Class 1E dc and Uninterruptible Power Supply System (IDS) and making changes to the corresponding Tier 1 information in Appendix C to the Combined Licenses. The granting of the exemption allows the changes to Tier 1 information asked for in the amendment. Because the acceptability of the exemption was determined in part by the acceptability of the amendment, the exemption and amendment are being issued concurrently. SUMMARY: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2008–0252 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, using any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2008–0252. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual 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. The request for the amendment and exemption were submitted by letter dated July 10, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13192A216) (original application was submitted on March 15, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13077A072)) and supplemented by a letter dated April 11, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13101A370). The licensee supplemented this request by letters dated August 16 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13233A109), and December 11, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13345A274), and February 3, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14034A157). • 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: Ravindra Joshi, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–6191; email: Ravindra.Joshi@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC is granting an exemption from Paragraph B of Section III, ‘‘Scope and Contents,’’ of Appendix D, ‘‘Design Certification Rule for the AP1000,’’ to Part 52 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) and issuing License Amendment No. 18 to COLs, NPF–91 and NPF–92, to the licensee. The exemption is required by Paragraph A.4 of Section VIII, ‘‘Processes for Changes and Departures,’’ Appendix D to 10 CFR part 52 to allow the licensee to depart from Tier 1 information. With the requested amendment, the licensee sought changes to the VEGP Tier 1 (COL VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:41 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 Appendix C) Tables 2.6.2–1, 2.6.2–2, 2.6.3–1, and 2.6.3–4 and Figure 2.6.2–1, and to the UFSAR (Tier 2 material) by making changes to the Non-Class 1E dc and EDS and Class 1E dc and IDS. Part of the justification for granting the exemption was provided by the review of the amendment. Because the exemption is necessary in order to issue the requested license amendment, the NRC granted the exemption and issued the amendment concurrently, rather than in sequence. This included issuing a combined safety evaluation containing the NRC staff’s review of both the exemption request and the license amendment. The exemption met all applicable regulatory criteria set forth in 10 CFR 50.12, 10 CFR 52.7, and Section VIII.A.4. of Appendix D to 10 CFR part 52. The license amendment was found to be acceptable as well. The combined safety evaluation is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML14065A565. Identical exemption documents (except for referenced unit numbers and license numbers) were issued to the licensee for VEGP Units 3 and 4 (COLs NPF–91 and NPF–92). These documents can be found in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML14065A558 and ML14065A561, respectively. The exemption is reproduced (with the exception of abbreviated titles and additional citations) in Section II of this document. The amendment documents for COLs NPF–91 and NPF–92 are available in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML14065A554 and ML14065A556, respectively. A summary of the amendment documents is provided in Section III of this document. II. Exemption Reproduced below is the exemption document issued to VEGP Units 3 and 4. It makes reference to the combined safety evaluation that provides the reasoning for the findings made by the NRC (and listed under Item 1) in order to grant the exemption: 1. In a letter dated July 10, 2013 and supplemented by the letters dated August 16, December 11, 2013, and February 3, 2014, Southern Nuclear Operating Company (licensee) requested from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Commission) an exemption from the provisions of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulation (10 CFR) part 52, Appendix D, Section III.B, ‘‘Design Certification Rule for the AP1000 Design, Scope, and Contents,’’ as part of license amendment request (LAR) 13–007, ‘‘Turbine Building Battery Room and Electrical Changes’’ (LAR 13–007). For the reasons set forth in Section 3.1 of the NRC staff’s Safety Evaluation, PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24461 which can be found at ADAMS Accession No. ML14065A565, the Commission finds that: A. The exemption is authorized by law; B. the exemption presents no undue risk to public health and safety; C. the exemption is consistent with the common defense and security; D. special circumstances are present in that the application of the rule in this circumstance is not necessary to serve the underlying purpose of the rule; E. the special circumstances outweigh any decrease in safety that may result from the reduction in standardization caused by the exemption; and F. the exemption will not result in a significant decrease in the level of safety otherwise provided by the design. 2. Accordingly, the licensee is granted an exemption to the provisions of 10 CFR part 52, Appendix D, Section III.B, to allow deviations from the certified DCD Tier 1 Tables 2.6.2–1, 2.6.2–2, 2.6.3–1, and 2.6.3–4 and Figure 2.6.2–1, as described in the licensee’s request dated July 10, 2013 and supplemented by the letters dated August 16, December 11, 2013, and February 3, 2014. This exemption is related to, and necessary for the granting of License Amendment No. 18, which is being issued concurrently with this exemption. 3. As explained in Section 5 of the NRC staff’s Safety Evaluation (ADAMS Accession No. ML14065A565), this exemption meets the eligibility criteria for categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(9). Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment needs to be prepared in connection with the issuance of the exemption. 4. This exemption is effective as of April 2, 2014. III. License Amendment Request By letter dated March 15, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13077A072), and supplemented by a letter dated April 11, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13101A370), the licensee requested that the NRC amend the COLs for VEGP Units 3 and 4. The licensee replaced the March 15, 2013 and April 11, 2013 letters in their entirety with a letter dated July 10, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13192A216). The proposed license amendment request would depart from the plant-specific DCD Tier 1 and Tier 2 material by making changes to the Non-Class 1E DC and EDS and Class 1E DC and IDS and making changes to the corresponding Tier 1 information in Appendix C to the Combined License. E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 24462 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Notices The Commission has determined for these amendments that the application complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the Commission’s rules and regulations. The Commission has made appropriate findings as required by the Act and the Commission’s rules and regulations in 10 CFR Chapter I, which are set forth in the license amendment. A notice of consideration of issuance of amendment to facility operating license or combined license, as applicable, proposed no significant hazards consideration determination, and opportunity for a hearing in connection with these actions, was published in the Federal Register on September 3, 2013 (78 FR 54287). No comments were received during the 60day comment period. The Commission has determined that these amendments satisfy the criteria for categorical exclusion in accordance 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 July 10, 2013, and supplemented by letters dated August 16, December 11, 2013 and February 3, 2014. The exemption and amendment were issued on April 2, 2014 as part of a combined package to the licensee (ADAMS Accession No. ML14065A534). Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 23rd day of April 2014. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Lawrence J. Burkhart, Chief, Licensing Branch 4, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. 2014–09879 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549–0213. Extension: Rule 17Ac3–1(a); SEC File No. 270–96; OMB Control No. 3235–0151. Form TA–W (1669); SEC File No. 270–96; OMB Control No. 3235–0151. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:41 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (‘‘PRA’’) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the existing collection of information provided for in Rule 17Ac3–1(a) and Form TA–W, under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) (‘‘Exchange Act’’). The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) for extension and approval. Section 17A(c)(4)(B) of the Exchange Act authorizes transfer agents registered with an appropriate regulatory agency (‘‘ARA’’) to withdraw from registration by filing a written notice of withdrawal with the ARA and by agreeing to such terms and conditions as the ARA deems necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or in the furtherance of the purposes of Section 17A. In order to implement Section 17A(c)(4)(B) of the Exchange Act, the Commission promulgated Rule 17Ac3– 1(a) (17 CFR 240.17Ac3–1(a)) and accompanying Form TA–W (17 CFR 249b.101) on September 1, 1977. Rule 17Ac3–1(a) provides that notice of withdrawal from registration as a transfer agent with the Commission shall be filed on Form TA–W. Form TA– W requires the withdrawing transfer agent to provide the Commission with certain information, including: (1) The locations where transfer agent activities are or were performed; (2) the reasons for ceasing the performance of such activities; (3) disclosure of unsatisfied judgments or liens; and (4) information regarding successor transfer agents. The Commission uses the information disclosed on Form TA–W to determine whether the registered transfer agent applying for withdrawal from registration as a transfer agent should be allowed to deregister and, if so, whether the Commission should attach to the granting of the application any terms or conditions necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or in furtherance of the purposes of Section 17A of the Exchange Act. Without Rule 17Ac3–1(a) and Form TA–W, transfer agents registered with the Commission would not have a means to voluntarily deregister when it is necessary or appropriate to do so. On average, respondents have filed approximately 22 TA–Ws with the Commission annually from 2009 to 2013. A Form TA–W filing occurs only once, when a transfer agent is seeking to deregister. Approximately 80 percent of Form TA–Ws are completed by the PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 transfer agent or its employees and approximately 20 percent of Form TA– Ws are completed by an outside filing agent that is hired by the registrant to prepare the form and file it electronically. In view of the readilyavailable information requested by Form TA–W, its short and simple presentation, and the Commission’s experience with the filers, we estimate that approximately 30 minutes is required to complete and file Form TA– W. For transfer agents that complete Form TA–W themselves, we estimate the internal labor cost of compliance per filing is $25 (0.5 hours × $50 average hourly rate for clerical staff time). We estimate that outside filing agents charge $100 to complete and file at TA– W on behalf of a registrant, reflecting an external labor cost to respondents. The total annual time burden to the transfer agent industry is approximately 11 hours (22 filings × 0.5 hours). The total annual external labor cost to respondents is $400 (22 annual forms × $100 × 20%). Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission’s estimates of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information under the PRA unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Please direct your written comments to: Thomas Bayer, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi PavlikSimon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. Dated: April 24, 2014. Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–09810 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket Nos. 52-025 and 52-026; NRC-2008-0252]


Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Southern Nuclear 
Operating Company; Turbine Building Battery Room and Electrical Changes

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Exemption and combined license amendment; issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an 
exemption to allow a departure from the certification information of 
Tier 1 of the generic design control document (DCD) and issuing License 
Amendment No. 18 to Combined Licenses (COL), NPF-91 and NPF-92. The 
COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC), Georgia 
Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Municipal Electric 
Authority of Georgia, and City of Dalton, Georgia (the licensee), for 
construction and operation of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant 
(VGEP), Units 3 and 4, located in Burke County, Georgia. The amendment 
revises the UFSAR by making changes to the Non-Class 1E dc and 
Uninterruptible Power Supply System (EDS) and Class 1E dc and 
Uninterruptible Power Supply System (IDS) and making changes to the 
corresponding Tier 1 information in Appendix C to the Combined 
Licenses.
    The granting of the exemption allows the changes to Tier 1 
information asked for in the amendment. Because the acceptability of 
the exemption was determined in part by the acceptability of the 
amendment, the exemption and amendment are being issued concurrently.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2008-0252 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, using any of the following 
methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2008-0252. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol

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Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For 
technical questions, contact the individual 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. The request for the amendment and exemption were submitted 
by letter dated July 10, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13192A216) 
(original application was submitted on March 15, 2013 (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML13077A072)) and supplemented by a letter dated April 11, 2013 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML13101A370). The licensee supplemented this 
request by letters dated August 16 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13233A109), 
and December 11, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13345A274), and February 
3, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14034A157).
     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: Ravindra Joshi, Office of New 
Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001; telephone: 301-415-6191; email: Ravindra.Joshi@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Introduction

    The NRC is granting an exemption from Paragraph B of Section III, 
``Scope and Contents,'' of Appendix D, ``Design Certification Rule for 
the AP1000,'' to Part 52 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(10 CFR) and issuing License Amendment No. 18 to COLs, NPF-91 and NPF-
92, to the licensee. The exemption is required by Paragraph A.4 of 
Section VIII, ``Processes for Changes and Departures,'' Appendix D to 
10 CFR part 52 to allow the licensee to depart from Tier 1 information. 
With the requested amendment, the licensee sought changes to the VEGP 
Tier 1 (COL Appendix C) Tables 2.6.2-1, 2.6.2-2, 2.6.3-1, and 2.6.3-4 
and Figure 2.6.2-1, and to the UFSAR (Tier 2 material) by making 
changes to the Non-Class 1E dc and EDS and Class 1E dc and IDS.
    Part of the justification for granting the exemption was provided 
by the review of the amendment. Because the exemption is necessary in 
order to issue the requested license amendment, the NRC granted the 
exemption and issued the amendment concurrently, rather than in 
sequence. This included issuing a combined safety evaluation containing 
the NRC staff's review of both the exemption request and the license 
amendment. The exemption met all applicable regulatory criteria set 
forth in 10 CFR 50.12, 10 CFR 52.7, and Section VIII.A.4. of Appendix D 
to 10 CFR part 52. The license amendment was found to be acceptable as 
well. The combined safety evaluation is available in ADAMS under 
Accession No. ML14065A565.
    Identical exemption documents (except for referenced unit numbers 
and license numbers) were issued to the licensee for VEGP Units 3 and 4 
(COLs NPF-91 and NPF-92). These documents can be found in ADAMS under 
Accession Nos. ML14065A558 and ML14065A561, respectively. The exemption 
is reproduced (with the exception of abbreviated titles and additional 
citations) in Section II of this document. The amendment documents for 
COLs NPF-91 and NPF-92 are available in ADAMS under Accession Nos. 
ML14065A554 and ML14065A556, respectively. A summary of the amendment 
documents is provided in Section III of this document.

II. Exemption

    Reproduced below is the exemption document issued to VEGP Units 3 
and 4. It makes reference to the combined safety evaluation that 
provides the reasoning for the findings made by the NRC (and listed 
under Item 1) in order to grant the exemption:
    1. In a letter dated July 10, 2013 and supplemented by the letters 
dated August 16, December 11, 2013, and February 3, 2014, Southern 
Nuclear Operating Company (licensee) requested from the Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission (Commission) an exemption from the provisions of 
Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulation (10 CFR) part 52, Appendix 
D, Section III.B, ``Design Certification Rule for the AP1000 Design, 
Scope, and Contents,'' as part of license amendment request (LAR) 13-
007, ``Turbine Building Battery Room and Electrical Changes'' (LAR 13-
007).
    For the reasons set forth in Section 3.1 of the NRC staff's Safety 
Evaluation, which can be found at ADAMS Accession No. ML14065A565, the 
Commission finds that:
    A. The exemption is authorized by law;
    B. the exemption presents no undue risk to public health and 
safety;
    C. the exemption is consistent with the common defense and 
security;
    D. special circumstances are present in that the application of the 
rule in this circumstance is not necessary to serve the underlying 
purpose of the rule;
    E. the special circumstances outweigh any decrease in safety that 
may result from the reduction in standardization caused by the 
exemption; and
    F. the exemption will not result in a significant decrease in the 
level of safety otherwise provided by the design.
    2. Accordingly, the licensee is granted an exemption to the 
provisions of 10 CFR part 52, Appendix D, Section III.B, to allow 
deviations from the certified DCD Tier 1 Tables 2.6.2-1, 2.6.2-2, 
2.6.3-1, and 2.6.3-4 and Figure 2.6.2-1, as described in the licensee's 
request dated July 10, 2013 and supplemented by the letters dated 
August 16, December 11, 2013, and February 3, 2014. This exemption is 
related to, and necessary for the granting of License Amendment No. 18, 
which is being issued concurrently with this exemption.
    3. As explained in Section 5 of the NRC staff's Safety Evaluation 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML14065A565), this exemption meets the eligibility 
criteria for categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(9). 
Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact 
statement or environmental assessment needs to be prepared in 
connection with the issuance of the exemption.
    4. This exemption is effective as of April 2, 2014.

III. License Amendment Request

    By letter dated March 15, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13077A072), 
and supplemented by a letter dated April 11, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML13101A370), the licensee requested that the NRC amend the COLs for 
VEGP Units 3 and 4. The licensee replaced the March 15, 2013 and April 
11, 2013 letters in their entirety with a letter dated July 10, 2013 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML13192A216). The proposed license amendment 
request would depart from the plant-specific DCD Tier 1 and Tier 2 
material by making changes to the Non-Class 1E DC and EDS and Class 1E 
DC and IDS and making changes to the corresponding Tier 1 information 
in Appendix C to the Combined License.

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    The Commission has determined for these amendments that the 
application complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic 
Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the Commission's rules 
and regulations. The Commission has made appropriate findings as 
required by the Act and the Commission's rules and regulations in 10 
CFR Chapter I, which are set forth in the license amendment.
    A notice of consideration of issuance of amendment to facility 
operating license or combined license, as applicable, proposed no 
significant hazards consideration determination, and opportunity for a 
hearing in connection with these actions, was published in the Federal 
Register on September 3, 2013 (78 FR 54287). No comments were received 
during the 60-day comment period.
    The Commission has determined that these amendments satisfy the 
criteria for categorical exclusion in accordance 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 July 10, 2013, and supplemented by letters dated August 
16, December 11, 2013 and February 3, 2014. The exemption and amendment 
were issued on April 2, 2014 as part of a combined package to the 
licensee (ADAMS Accession No. ML14065A534).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 23rd day of April 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Lawrence J. Burkhart,
Chief, Licensing Branch 4, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of 
New Reactors.
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