Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for River Bend Station Unit 3, 74775-74777 [2014-29124]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for River Bend Station Unit 3 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption; issuance. 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 exemption from addressing enhancements to the Emergency Preparedness (EP) rules 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 revised application must be submitted the earlier of either the NRC’s resumption of EOI’s application review or by December 31, 2015. DATES: December 16, 2014. 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 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. SUMMARY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. 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 part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5, 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)). The purpose of 10 CFR part 50 Appendix E, Section I.5 was to ensure that applicants and new COL holders updated their COL application or Combined License to allow the NRC to review them efficiently and effectively, and to bring the applicants or licensees into compliance prior to COL approval and receipt of license, or operate the The following sections include the text of the exemption in its entirety as issued to EOI. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Section I.5 of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, requires that an applicant for a COL under Subpart C of 10 CFR part 52 whose application was docketed prior to December 23, 2011, must revise their COL application to comply with the EP rules published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2011 (76 FR 72560). Section I.5 of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, gives those COL applicants close to receiving their COL the option to defer addressing the changes to the EP rules; however, a license amendment request must be submitted no later than December 31, 2013. An applicant that does not receive a COL before December 31, 2013, shall revise its COL application to comply with these changes no later than December 31, 2013. Because EOI will not hold a COL prior to December 31, 2013, it is therefore, required to revise its application to be compliant with the new EP rules by December 31, 2013. By letter dated January 9, 2009, EOI requested that the NRC suspend review of the RBS3 COL application. The NRC granted EOI’s request for suspension of all review activities while the application Lynnea Wilkins, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–1377; email: Lynnea.Wilkins@ nrc.gov. [Docket No. 52–036; NRC–2008–0616] VerDate Sep<11>2014 II. Request/Action remained docketed (ADAMS Accession No. ML090080277). On September 30, 2013, EOI requested an exemption from the requirements of Section I.5 of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, to submit an update by December 31, 2014. The exemption was granted by the NRC on December 4, 2013 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML13297A247 and ML13297A248). The exemption is set to expire December 31, 2014. In a letter dated, July 18, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14202A337), EOI requested an exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 the earlier of either the time that EOI requests reactivation of the RBS3 COL application review or on December 31, 2015. With either the reactivation or on December 31, 2015, EOI commits to submit an upgrade of the RBS3 COL application addressing the enhancements to Emergency Preparedness Regulations. EOI requested an exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 to December 31, 2015 or coincident with resuming the review of the RBS3 COL application, whichever occurs first. The exemption would allow EOI to comply with the new EP rule at a later date, but still in advance of NRC’s reinstating its review of the application and in any event, by December 31, 2015. The current schedule to comply with the new EP rule by December 31, 2013, could not be changed, absent the exemption. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Jkt 235001 74775 I. Background The NRC accepted for docketing the River Bend Station Unit 3 (RBS3) COL application on December 4, 2008 (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 September 30, 2013, EOI requested an exemption from the requirements of Part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), as referenced by 10 CFR 52.79(a)(21), to submit an update by December 31, 2014. The exemption was granted by the NRC on December 4, 2013 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML13297A247 and ML13297A248). On July 18, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14202A337), EOI requested another exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5. PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 74776 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices facility. The target of Section I.5 of the EP rule were those applications that were in the process of being actively reviewed by the NRC staff when the rule came into effect on November 23, 2011. Because EOI requested the NRC to suspend its review of the RBS3 COL application, compelling EOI to revise its COL application in order to meet the December 31, 2013 compliance deadline would only bring on unnecessary burden and hardship for the applicant to meet the compliance date. So long as it is recognized that the COL application must be updated to comply with the enhancements to the EP rules, prior to the NRC approving EOI’s COL application, it makes no difference if they revise the COL application now, the earlier of EOI’s request to restart the review or December 31, 2015. For this reason the application of Appendix E, Section I.5 can be deemed unnecessary, and 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 part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5. The exemption would allow EOI to revise its COL application and comply with the new EP rules on December 31, 2015, in lieu of December 31, 2013, the date required by 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5. 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 part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 will be only temporary, 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 the enhancements to Emergency Preparedness found in 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E are to amend certain EP requirements that are aimed at enhancing protective measures in the event of a radiological emergency; address, in part, enhancements identified after the terrorist events of September 11, 2001; clarify regulations to effect consistent Emergency Plan implementation among licensees; and modify certain requirements to be more effective and efficient. Since plant construction cannot proceed until the NRC review of the application is completed, a mandatory hearing is completed, and a license is issued, the VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Jkt 235001 exemption does not increase the probability of postulated accidents. Additionally, 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. Consistent With Common Defense and Security The requested exemption would allow EOI to submit the revised COL application the earlier of a requested restart of the NRC COL application review or on 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), are present whenever ‘‘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 part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 is to ensure that applicants are in compliance with the new EP rules in a time that allows the NRC to effectively review their COL application prior to issuance of the license. Because the requirement to comply with the new EP rules 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 EOI would then be required to comply by the earlier of a restart or the review or December 31, 2015 and the purpose of the rule would still be achieved. Therefore, the special circumstances required by 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(ii) for the granting of an exemption from 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 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 discussed below. 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(i): The criteria for determining whether there is no significant hazards consideration are found in 10 CFR 50.92(c)(1)–(3). The proposed action involves only a PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 schedule change regarding the submission of an update to the application for which the licensing review has been suspended. There are no significant hazards considerations because granting the proposed exemption would not involve a significant increase in the probability or consequences of an accident previously evaluated, create the possibility of a new or different kind of accident from any accident previously evaluated, or involve a significant reduction in a margin of safety. 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(ii): 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. 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(iii): 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. 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(iv): The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is administrative in nature; the COL 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. 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(v): The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is administrative in nature, and does not impact the probability or consequences of radiological accidents. 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(vi)(B) and (G): The exemption request involves submitting an updated COL application by EOI and relates to the schedule for submitting a COL application update to the NRC. IV. 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 part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 pertaining to the River Bend Station Unit 3 COL application to allow submittal of the revised COL application that complies with the new EP rules the earlier of any request to the NRC to resume the review or by December 31, 2015. E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices 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, Branch Chief, Licensing Branch 3, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. 2014–29124 Filed 12–15–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2014–0001] Sunshine Act Meetings December 15, 22, 29, 2014; January 5, 12, 19, 2015. PLACE: Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. STATUS: Public DATE: Week of December 15, 2014 Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:55 a.m. Affirmation Session (Public Meeting) (Tentative) SECY–14–0109—Fermi Combined License Application: Intervenors’ Petition for Review of LBP–14–07 (Ruling for Applicant on Quality Assurance) (June 17, 2014). This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 9:00 a.m. Update on Research and Test Reactor Initiatives (Public Meeting) (Contact: Alexander Adams, 301–415– 1127) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Thursday, December 18, 2014 9:30 a.m. Briefing on Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity, and Small Business Programs (Public Meeting) (Contact: Larniece McKoy Moore, 301–415–1942) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/. Week of December 22, 2014—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 22, 2014. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Jkt 235001 Week of December 29, 2014—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 29, 2014. Week of January 5, 2015—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of January 5, 2015. Week of January 12, 2015—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of January 12, 2015. Week of January 19, 2015—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of January 19, 2015 * * * * * The schedule for Commission meetings is subject to change on short notice. For more information or to verify the status of meetings, contact Glenn Ellmers at (301) 415–0442 or via email at Glenn.Ellmers@nrc.gov. * * * * * The NRC Commission Meeting Schedule can be found on the Internet at: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ public-meetings/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 Kimberly Meyer, NRC Disability Program Manager, at 301–287–0727, by videophone at 240–428–3217, or by email at Kimberly.Meyer-Chambers@ nrc.gov. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. * * * * * Members of the public may request to receive this information electronically. If you 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 Patricia.Jimenez@nrc.gov or Brenda.Akstulewicz@nrc.gov. Dated: December 11, 2014. Glenn Ellmers, Policy Coordinator, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–29481 Filed 12–12–14; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Submission for Review: Certificate of Medical Examination, 3206–0250 U.S. Office of Personnel Management. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74777 Notice and Request for Comments. ACTION: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an extension without change of a currently approved collection, information collection request (ICR) 3206–0250, Certificate of Medical Examination. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the ClingerCohen Act (Pub. L. 104–106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until February 17, 2015. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.1. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to Employee Services, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415, Attention: Phil Spottswood or via electronic mail to employ@opm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by contacting Hiring Policy, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415, Attention: Phil Spottswood or via electronic mail to employ@opm.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Optional Form (OF) 178, Certificate of Medical Examination, is used to collect medical information about individuals who are incumbents of positions which require physical fitness/agility testing and/or medical examinations, or who have been selected for such a position contingent upon meeting physical fitness/agility testing and medical examinations as a condition of employment. This information is needed to ensure fair and consistent treatment of employees and job applicants, to adjudicate the medicallybased passover of a preference eligible, and to adjudicate claims of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104–106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection to: 1. 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; SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

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


Entergy Operations, Inc.; Combined License Application for River 
Bend Station Unit 3

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Exemption; issuance.

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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 exemption from addressing 
enhancements to the Emergency Preparedness (EP) rules 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 revised application must be submitted the earlier of either 
the NRC's resumption of EOI's application review or by December 31, 
2015.

DATES: December 16, 2014.

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 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.

I. Background

    The NRC accepted for docketing the River Bend Station Unit 3 (RBS3) 
COL application on December 4, 2008 (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 September 30, 2013, EOI requested an exemption 
from the requirements of Part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 of Title 10 
of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), as referenced by 10 CFR 
52.79(a)(21), to submit an update by December 31, 2014. The exemption 
was granted by the NRC on December 4, 2013 (ADAMS Accession Nos. 
ML13297A247 and ML13297A248). On July 18, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML14202A337), EOI requested another exemption from the requirements of 
10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5.

II. Request/Action

    Section I.5 of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, requires that an 
applicant for a COL under Subpart C of 10 CFR part 52 whose application 
was docketed prior to December 23, 2011, must revise their COL 
application to comply with the EP rules published in the Federal 
Register on November 23, 2011 (76 FR 72560). Section I.5 of 10 CFR part 
50, Appendix E, gives those COL applicants close to receiving their COL 
the option to defer addressing the changes to the EP rules; however, a 
license amendment request must be submitted no later than December 31, 
2013. An applicant that does not receive a COL before December 31, 
2013, shall revise its COL application to comply with these changes no 
later than December 31, 2013.
    Because EOI will not hold a COL prior to December 31, 2013, it is 
therefore, required to revise its application to be compliant with the 
new EP rules by December 31, 2013. By letter dated January 9, 2009, EOI 
requested that the NRC suspend review of the RBS3 COL application. The 
NRC granted EOI's request for suspension of all review activities while 
the application remained docketed (ADAMS Accession No. ML090080277). On 
September 30, 2013, EOI requested an exemption from the requirements of 
Section I.5 of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, to submit an update by 
December 31, 2014. The exemption was granted by the NRC on December 4, 
2013 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML13297A247 and ML13297A248). The exemption 
is set to expire December 31, 2014. In a letter dated, July 18, 2014 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML14202A337), EOI requested an exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 the earlier of 
either the time that EOI requests reactivation of the RBS3 COL 
application review or on December 31, 2015. With either the 
reactivation or on December 31, 2015, EOI commits to submit an upgrade 
of the RBS3 COL application addressing the enhancements to Emergency 
Preparedness Regulations.
    EOI requested an exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, 
Appendix E, Section I.5 to December 31, 2015 or coincident with 
resuming the review of the RBS3 COL application, whichever occurs 
first. The exemption would allow EOI to comply with the new EP rule at 
a later date, but still in advance of NRC's reinstating its review of 
the application and in any event, by December 31, 2015. The current 
schedule to comply with the new EP rule by December 31, 2013, could not 
be changed, absent the exemption.

III. 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 part 50, Appendix 
E, Section I.5, 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)).
    The purpose of 10 CFR part 50 Appendix E, Section I.5 was to ensure 
that applicants and new COL holders updated their COL application or 
Combined License to allow the NRC to review them efficiently and 
effectively, and to bring the applicants or licensees into compliance 
prior to COL approval and receipt of license, or operate the

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facility. The target of Section I.5 of the EP rule were those 
applications that were in the process of being actively reviewed by the 
NRC staff when the rule came into effect on November 23, 2011. Because 
EOI requested the NRC to suspend its review of the RBS3 COL 
application, compelling EOI to revise its COL application in order to 
meet the December 31, 2013 compliance deadline would only bring on 
unnecessary burden and hardship for the applicant to meet the 
compliance date. So long as it is recognized that the COL application 
must be updated to comply with the enhancements to the EP rules, prior 
to the NRC approving EOI's COL application, it makes no difference if 
they revise the COL application now, the earlier of EOI's request to 
restart the review or December 31, 2015. For this reason the 
application of Appendix E, Section I.5 can be deemed unnecessary, and 
therefore special circumstances are present.

Authorized by Law

    The exemption is a schedule exemption from the requirements of 10 
CFR part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5. The exemption would allow EOI to 
revise its COL application and comply with the new EP rules on December 
31, 2015, in lieu of December 31, 2013, the date required by 10 CFR 
part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5. 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 part 50, Appendix E, Section I.5 will 
be only temporary, 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 the enhancements to Emergency 
Preparedness found in 10 CFR part 50, Appendix E are to amend certain 
EP requirements that are aimed at enhancing protective measures in the 
event of a radiological emergency; address, in part, enhancements 
identified after the terrorist events of September 11, 2001; clarify 
regulations to effect consistent Emergency Plan implementation among 
licensees; and modify certain requirements to be more effective and 
efficient. Since plant construction cannot proceed until the NRC review 
of the application is completed, a mandatory hearing is completed, and 
a license is issued, the exemption does not increase the probability of 
postulated accidents. Additionally, 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.

Consistent With Common Defense and Security

    The requested exemption would allow EOI to submit the revised COL 
application the earlier of a requested restart of the NRC COL 
application review or on 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), are 
present whenever ``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 part 50, Appendix E, 
Section I.5 is to ensure that applicants are in compliance with the new 
EP rules in a time that allows the NRC to effectively review their COL 
application prior to issuance of the license. Because the requirement 
to comply with the new EP rules 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 
EOI would then be required to comply by the earlier of a restart or the 
review or December 31, 2015 and the purpose of the rule would still be 
achieved. Therefore, the special circumstances required by 10 CFR 
50.12(a)(2)(ii) for the granting of an exemption from 10 CFR part 50, 
Appendix E, Section I.5 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 discussed below.
    10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(i): The criteria for determining whether there 
is no significant hazards consideration are found in 10 CFR 
50.92(c)(1)-(3). 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. There are no significant hazards 
considerations because granting the proposed exemption would not 
involve a significant increase in the probability or consequences of an 
accident previously evaluated, create the possibility of a new or 
different kind of accident from any accident previously evaluated, or 
involve a significant reduction in a margin of safety.
    10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(ii): 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.
    10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(iii): 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.
    10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(iv): The proposed action involves only a 
schedule change which is administrative in nature; the COL 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.
    10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(v): The proposed action involves only a 
schedule change which is administrative in nature, and does not impact 
the probability or consequences of radiological accidents.
    10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(vi)(B) and (G): The exemption request involves 
submitting an updated COL application by EOI and relates to the 
schedule for submitting a COL application update to the NRC.

IV. 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 part 50, Appendix E, 
Section I.5 pertaining to the River Bend Station Unit 3 COL application 
to allow submittal of the revised COL application that complies with 
the new EP rules the earlier of any request to the NRC to resume the 
review or by December 31, 2015.

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    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,
Branch Chief, Licensing Branch 3, Division of New Reactor Licensing, 
Office of New Reactors.
[FR Doc. 2014-29124 Filed 12-15-14; 8:45 am]
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