Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for Grand Gulf, Unit 3, 73340-73343 [2014-29000]

Download as PDF 73340 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 237 / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation; Proposed Collection; Comment Request ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Request to be Selected as Payee (CM–910). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addresses section below on or before February 9, 2015. ADDRESSES: Ms. Yoon Ferguson, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0701, fax (202) 693–1447, Email ferguson.yoon@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or Email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended, 30 U.S.C. 901, provides for the payment of benefits by the Department of Labor (DOL) to miners who are totally disabled due to pneumoconiosis and to certain survivors of the miner. If a beneficiary is incapable of handling his or her affairs, the person or institution responsible for their care is required to apply to receive the benefit payments on the beneficiary’s behalf. The CM–910 is the form completed by the representative payee applicants. The payee applicant completes the form and mails it for evaluation to the district office that has jurisdiction over the mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Dec 09, 2014 Jkt 235001 beneficiary’s claim file. Regulations 20 CFR 725.505–513 require the collection of this information. This information collection is currently approved for use through May 31, 2015. II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; • evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and • minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions: The Department of Labor seeks the approval for the extension of this currently-approved information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to evaluate an applicant ability to be a representative payee. If the Program were not able to screen representative payee applicants the beneficiary’s best interest would not be served. Agency: Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Type of Review: Extension. Title: Request to be Selected as Payee. OMB Number: 1240–0010. Agency Number: CM–910. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for profit; Not-for-profit institutions. Total Respondents: 2,300. Total Annual Responses: 2,300. Average Time per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 575. Frequency: On occasion. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $1,196. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record. PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: December 4, 2014. Yoon Ferguson, Agency Clearance Officer, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, U.S. Department of Labor. [FR Doc. 2014–28835 Filed 12–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CK–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION National Science Board; Sunshine Act Meeting The National Science Board’s Audit & Oversight Committee, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n–5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice in regard to the scheduling of a meeting for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows: DATE AND TIME: Friday, December 12, 2014. SUBJECT MATTER: Discussion of commissioning a review by an external organization of management and audit considerations pertaining to cooperative agreements. STATUS: Closed. This meeting will be held by teleconference originating at the National Science Board Office, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (www.nsf.gov/nsb) for information or schedule updates, or contact: Ann Bushmiller, National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292–7000. Ann Bushmiller, NSB Senior Legal Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–28980 Filed 12–8–14; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 52–024; NRC–2008–0233] Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for Grand Gulf, Unit 3 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an exemption in response to a July 18, 2014, request from Entergy Operations, Inc. (EOI) which requested an SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 237 / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 / Notices 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, with the stipulation that the updates to the FSAR must be submitted the earlier of the resumption of the COL application review or December 31, 2015. DATES: December 10, 2014. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2008–0233 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain 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 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 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: Lynnea Wilkins, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–1377; email: Lynnea.Wilkins@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following sections include the text of the exemption in its entirety as issued to EOI. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Dec 09, 2014 Jkt 235001 (GGNS) site in Claiborne County, Mississippi. On April 17, 2008, the NRC accepted for docketing the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Unit 3 (GGNS3) COL application (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 which was granted on December 4, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13298A075). On July 18, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14202A338), 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 scheduled update of the FSAR included in the GGNS3 COL application would be due in December 2014, based on the granted exemption on December 4, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13298A075). 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 July 18, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14202A338), EOI requested that the GGNS3 COL application be exempt from the 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requirements the earlier of the resumption of the GGNS3 COL application review or December 31, 2015. 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 the earlier of the resumption of the EOI application review or December 31, 2015. The current FSAR update PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73341 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 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)(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 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 the earlier of the resumption of EOI’s application review or December 31, 2015. The requested exemption to defer submittal of the next update to the FSAR included in the GGNS3 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 January 9, 2009 (ADAMS Accession No. ML090130174), 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) to December 31, 2015 or coincident with E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 73342 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 237 / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 / Notices resuming the review of the GGNS3 COL application, whichever occurs first. 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authorized by Law The exemption is a schedule exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). The exemption would allow EOI to submit the next GGNS3 FSAR update the earlier of the resumption of EOI’s application or December 31, 2015, in lieu of the required scheduled submittal in December 2014. 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 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Dec 09, 2014 Jkt 235001 requested exemption as described above, no new accident precursors are created by the 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. Consistent With Common Defense and Security The requested exemption would allow EOI to submit the next GGNS3 FSAR update the earlier of the resumption of EOI’s application review or December 31, 2015. 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 ‘‘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)). 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 requirements to annually update the FSAR was intended for active reviews and the GGNS3 COL application is now suspended, the application of this regulation in this particular circumstances is unnecessary in order to achieve its underlying purpose. If the NRC were to grant this exemption, and EOI were then required to update the FSAR the earlier of the resumption of EOI’s application review or December 31, 2015 or coincident with any request to restart 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 (the earlier of the resumption of EOI’s application review or December 31, 2015), EOI’s exemption request seeks only temporary relief from the requirement that it file an update to the FSAR included in the GGNS3 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 PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 237 / Wednesday, December 10, 2014 / Notices 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 the exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) pertaining to the GGNS3 COL application to allow submittal of the next FSAR update the earlier of the resumption of the COL application review or December 31, 2015. 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. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 3rd day of December 2014. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Ronaldo Jenkins, Chief, Licensing Branch 3, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. 2014–29000 Filed 12–9–14; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 50–416; NRC–2011–0262] License Renewal Application for Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Unit 1 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Dec 09, 2014 Jkt 235001 Supplemental environmental impact statement. ACTION: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making available a final plant-specific supplement, Supplement 50, to NUREG–1437, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants’’ (GEIS), regarding the renewal of Entergy Operations, Inc. (Entergy) operating license NPF–29 for an additional 20 years of operation for Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Unit 1 (GGNS). DATES: The final Supplement 50 to the GEIS is available as of December 10, 2014. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2011–0262 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2011–0262. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol 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 obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 final Supplement 50 to the GEIS is in ADAMS under Accession No. ML14328A171. • 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. • Harriette Person Memorial Library: The final Supplement 50 to the GEIS is available for public inspection at 606 Main Street, Port Gibson, MS, 39150. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Drucker, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, telephone: 1–800– 368–5692, ext. 6223, email: David.Drucker@nrc.gov, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73343 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background In accordance with § 51.118 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the NRC is making available final Supplement 50 to the GEIS regarding the renewal of Entergy operating license NPF–29 for an additional 20 years of operation for GGNS. Draft Supplement 50 to the GEIS was noticed by the NRC in the Federal Register on December 12, 2013 (78 FR 75579), and noticed by the Environmental Protection Agency on December 20, 2013 (78 FR 77121). The public comment period on draft Supplement 50 to the GEIS ended on February 11, 2014, and the comments received are addressed in final Supplement 50 to the GEIS. II. Discussion As discussed in Section 9.4 of the final Supplement 50 to the GEIS, the NRC staff determined that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for GGNS are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers would be unreasonable. This recommendation is based on: (1) The analysis and findings in the GEIS; (2) information provided in the environmental report and other documents submitted by Entergy; (3) consultation with Federal, State, local, and Tribal agencies; (4) the NRC staff’s independent environmental review; and (5) consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 3rd day of December, 2014. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Brian D. Wittick, Chief, Projects Branch 2, Division of License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2014–28998 Filed 12–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. No. 50–134; NRC–2010–0053] Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Leslie C. Wilbur Nuclear Reactor Facility Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: License termination; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is noticing the termination of Facility Operating License No. R–61 for the Leslie C. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 52-024; NRC-2008-0233]


Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for Grand 
Gulf, Unit 3

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 July 18, 2014, request from Entergy 
Operations, Inc. (EOI) which requested an

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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, 
with the stipulation that the updates to the FSAR must be submitted the 
earlier of the resumption of the COL application review or December 31, 
2015.

DATES: December 10, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2008-0233 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may obtain 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 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 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: Lynnea Wilkins, Office of New 
Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001; telephone: 301-415-1377; email: Lynnea.Wilkins@nrc.gov.

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

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. On April 17, 2008, the NRC accepted for docketing 
the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Unit 3 (GGNS3) COL application (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 which was 
granted on December 4, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13298A075). On July 
18, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14202A338), 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 scheduled update of 
the FSAR included in the GGNS3 COL application would be due in December 
2014, based on the granted exemption on December 4, 2013 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML13298A075). 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 July 18, 
2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14202A338), EOI requested that the GGNS3 
COL application be exempt from the 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) requirements 
the earlier of the resumption of the GGNS3 COL application review or 
December 31, 2015.
    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 the earlier of the 
resumption of the EOI application review or December 31, 2015. 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 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)(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 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 the earlier of the resumption of 
EOI's application review or December 31, 2015.
    The requested exemption to defer submittal of the next update to 
the FSAR included in the GGNS3 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 January 9, 2009 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML090130174), 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) to December 31, 
2015 or coincident with

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resuming the review of the GGNS3 COL application, whichever occurs 
first.
    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 schedule exemption from the requirements of 10 
CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii). The exemption would allow EOI to submit the next 
GGNS3 FSAR update the earlier of the resumption of EOI's application or 
December 31, 2015, in lieu of the required scheduled submittal in 
December 2014. 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 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 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 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.

Consistent With Common Defense and Security

    The requested exemption would allow EOI to submit the next GGNS3 
FSAR update the earlier of the resumption of EOI's application review 
or December 31, 2015. 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 ``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)). 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 requirements to annually update the FSAR was intended for 
active reviews and the GGNS3 COL application is now suspended, the 
application of this regulation in this particular circumstances is 
unnecessary in order to achieve its underlying purpose. If the NRC were 
to grant this exemption, and EOI were then required to update the FSAR 
the earlier of the resumption of EOI's application review or December 
31, 2015 or coincident with any request to restart 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 
(the earlier of the resumption of EOI's application review or December 
31, 2015), EOI's exemption request seeks only temporary relief from the 
requirement that it file an update to the FSAR included in the GGNS3 
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

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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 
the exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.71(e)(3)(iii) 
pertaining to the GGNS3 COL application to allow submittal of the next 
FSAR update the earlier of the resumption of the COL application review 
or December 31, 2015.
    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.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 3rd day of December 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ronaldo Jenkins,
Chief, Licensing Branch 3, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of 
New Reactors.
[FR Doc. 2014-29000 Filed 12-9-14; 8:45 am]
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