Aquatic Environmental Studies for Nuclear Power Stations, 95655-95656 [2016-31375]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2016 / Notices 95655 radiological environmental impacts are expected as a result of the proposed action. Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and NRC approval is not required to reproduce them. [NRC–2014–0256] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action AGENCY: As an alternative to the proposed action, the staff considered denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ‘‘no-action’’ alternative). Denial of the application would result in no change in current environmental impacts. The environmental impacts of the proposed action and the alternative action are similar. Alternative Use of Resources The action does not involve the use of any different resources than those previously considered in the ‘‘Final Environmental Impact Statement related to the proposed Zion Nuclear Power Station, Units 1 and 2,’’ dated December 8, 1972 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15344A360). Agencies and Persons Consulted On October 6, 2016, the staff consulted with the Illinois State official, Ms. Kay Foster, regarding the proposed action. The state official had no comments on the conclusions in the EA and the FONSI. III. Finding of No Significant Impact sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES The NRC has determined not to prepare an EIS for the proposed action. Amending the licenses to revise the current ZNPS DSEP to the proposed Revision 0 to the ZS ISFSI EP to reflect the transfer of all the spent nuclear fuel to a dry cask ISFSI will not result in any significant radiological or nonradiological environmental impacts. Therefore the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Accordingly, on the basis of the EA in Section II above, which is incorporated by reference herein, the NRC has determined that a FONSI is appropriate. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 15th day of December 2016. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. John R. Tappert, Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2016–31377 Filed 12–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Dec 27, 2016 Jkt 241001 Aquatic Environmental Studies for Nuclear Power Stations Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Regulatory guide; issuance. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Regulatory Guide (RG) 4.24, ‘‘Aquatic Environmental Studies for Nuclear Power Stations.’’ This RG provides technical guidance to applicants for the development of aquatic studies involving environmental reviews that are part of NRC licensing actions related to new nuclear power stations. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2014–0256 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publically-available information related to this document, using the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2014–0256. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–415–3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Document 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 ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this notice (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced. Revision 0 of Regulatory Guide 4.24, is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15309A219. The regulatory analysis may be found in ADAMS under Accession No. ML13186A086. • 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: PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Peyton Doub, Office of New Reactors, telephone: 301–415–6703, email: Peyton.doub@nrc.gov and Edward O’Donnell, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone 301–415–3317, email: Edward.Odonnell@nrc.gov. Both are staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC is issuing a new guide in the NRC’s ‘‘Regulatory Guide’’ series. This series was developed to describe and make available to the public information regarding methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the agency’s regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating specific issues or postulated events, and data that the staff needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses. Revision 0 of RG 4.24 was issued with a temporary identification as Draft Regulatory Guide, DG–4023. This is the initial issuance of RG 4.24. The purpose of this RG is to offer technical guidance to applicants for aquatic environmental studies and analyses supporting decisions related to new nuclear power stations by the NRC. The results of aquatic studies provided by applicants are analyzed by the staff as a basis for the staff’s decisions related to nuclear power station siting, conducting baseline investigations, identifying important species and habitats, analyzing impacts and monitoring. II. Additional Information Draft regulatory guide, DG–4023 was published in the Federal Register (79 FR 73646) on December 11, 2014 for a 60-day public comment period. The public comment period was subsequently extended to March 11, 2015, to allow more time for comments. Public comments on DG–4023 and the staff responses to the public comments are available under ADAMS Accession Number ML15309A217. III. Congressional Review Act This regulatory guide is a rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801–808). However, the Office of Management and Budget has not found it to be a major rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 95656 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2016 / Notices IV. Backfitting and Issue Finality Issuance of this regulatory guide not constitute backfitting as defined in section 50.109 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) (the Backfit Rule) and is not otherwise inconsistent with the issue finality provisions in 10 CFR part 52. This regulatory guide does not apply to any construction permits, operating licenses, early site permits, limited work authorizations issued under 10 CFR 50.10 for which the NRC issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) preceded by a draft EIS under 10 CFR 51.76 or 51.75, or combined licenses, any of which were issued by the NRC prior to issuance of the final regulatory guide. The NRC has already completed its siting determination for those construction permits, operating licenses, early site permits, limited work authorizations, and combined licenses. Therefore, no further NRC regulatory action on siting will occur for those licenses, permits, and authorizations, for which the guidance in this regulatory guide would be relevant. The guidance in this regulatory guide may be applied to applications for early site permits, combined licenses, and limited work authorizations issued under 10 CFR 50.10 (including information under 10 CFR 51.49(b) or (f)), any of which are docketed and under review by the NRC. The guidance in this regulatory guide may also be applied to applications for construction permits, early site permits, combined licenses, and limited work authorizations (including information under 10 CFR 51.49(b) or (f). Such action does not constitute backfitting as defined in 10 CFR 50.109(a)(1) and is not otherwise inconsistent with the applicable issue finality provisions in 10 CFR part 52. Applicants and potential applicants are not, with certain exceptions, protected by either the Backfit Rule or any issue finality provisions under part 52. Neither the Backfit Rule nor the issue finality provisions under Part 52—with certain exclusions discussed below—were intended to every NRC action which substantially changes the expectations of current and future applicants. The exceptions to the general principle are applicable whenever an applicant references a Part 52 license (e.g., an early site permit) and/or NRC regulatory approval (e.g., a design certification rule) with specified issue finality provisions. The staff does not, at this time, intend to impose the positions represented in this RG in a manner that is inconsistent with any of the issue finality provisions applicable to early VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Dec 27, 2016 Jkt 241001 site permits (10 CFR 52.39) or combined license applications referencing an early site permit (10 CFR 52.83). If, in the future, the staff seeks to impose a position in this RG in a manner which does not provide issue finality as described in the applicable issue finality provision, then the staff must make address the criteria for avoiding issue finality as described applicable issue finality provision. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of December 2016. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Edward O’Donnell, Acting Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2016–31375 Filed 12–27–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2016–0064] Information Collection: NRC Form 850A, ‘‘Request for NRC Contractor Building Access Authorization’’ NRC Form 850B, ‘‘Request for NRC Contractor Information Technology Access Authorization’’ NRC Form 850C, ‘‘Request for NRC Contractor Security Clearance’’ Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2014-0256]


Aquatic Environmental Studies for Nuclear Power Stations

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Regulatory guide; issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing 
Regulatory Guide (RG) 4.24, ``Aquatic Environmental Studies for Nuclear 
Power Stations.'' This RG provides technical guidance to applicants for 
the development of aquatic studies involving environmental reviews that 
are part of NRC licensing actions related to new nuclear power 
stations.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2014-0256 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may obtain publically-available information related to this document, 
using the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2014-0256. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Document 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 
ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this notice (if 
that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a 
document is referenced. Revision 0 of Regulatory Guide 4.24, is 
available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15309A219. The regulatory 
analysis may be found in ADAMS under Accession No. ML13186A086.
     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.
    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and NRC approval is not 
required to reproduce them.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peyton Doub, Office of New Reactors, 
telephone: 301-415-6703, email: Peyton.doub@nrc.gov and Edward 
O'Donnell, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone 301-415-
3317, email: Edward.Odonnell@nrc.gov. Both are staff of the U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Introduction

    The NRC is issuing a new guide in the NRC's ``Regulatory Guide'' 
series. This series was developed to describe and make available to the 
public information regarding methods that are acceptable to the NRC 
staff for implementing specific parts of the agency's regulations, 
techniques that the staff uses in evaluating specific issues or 
postulated events, and data that the staff needs in its review of 
applications for permits and licenses.
    Revision 0 of RG 4.24 was issued with a temporary identification as 
Draft Regulatory Guide, DG-4023. This is the initial issuance of RG 
4.24. The purpose of this RG is to offer technical guidance to 
applicants for aquatic environmental studies and analyses supporting 
decisions related to new nuclear power stations by the NRC. The results 
of aquatic studies provided by applicants are analyzed by the staff as 
a basis for the staff's decisions related to nuclear power station 
siting, conducting baseline investigations, identifying important 
species and habitats, analyzing impacts and monitoring.

II. Additional Information

    Draft regulatory guide, DG-4023 was published in the Federal 
Register (79 FR 73646) on December 11, 2014 for a 60-day public comment 
period. The public comment period was subsequently extended to March 
11, 2015, to allow more time for comments. Public comments on DG-4023 
and the staff responses to the public comments are available under 
ADAMS Accession Number ML15309A217.

III. Congressional Review Act

    This regulatory guide is a rule as defined in the Congressional 
Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801-808). However, the Office of Management and 
Budget has not found it to be a major rule as defined in the 
Congressional Review Act.

[[Page 95656]]

IV. Backfitting and Issue Finality

    Issuance of this regulatory guide not constitute backfitting as 
defined in section 50.109 of title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR) (the Backfit Rule) and is not otherwise 
inconsistent with the issue finality provisions in 10 CFR part 52. This 
regulatory guide does not apply to any construction permits, operating 
licenses, early site permits, limited work authorizations issued under 
10 CFR 50.10 for which the NRC issued a final environmental impact 
statement (EIS) preceded by a draft EIS under 10 CFR 51.76 or 51.75, or 
combined licenses, any of which were issued by the NRC prior to 
issuance of the final regulatory guide. The NRC has already completed 
its siting determination for those construction permits, operating 
licenses, early site permits, limited work authorizations, and combined 
licenses. Therefore, no further NRC regulatory action on siting will 
occur for those licenses, permits, and authorizations, for which the 
guidance in this regulatory guide would be relevant.
    The guidance in this regulatory guide may be applied to 
applications for early site permits, combined licenses, and limited 
work authorizations issued under 10 CFR 50.10 (including information 
under 10 CFR 51.49(b) or (f)), any of which are docketed and under 
review by the NRC. The guidance in this regulatory guide may also be 
applied to applications for construction permits, early site permits, 
combined licenses, and limited work authorizations (including 
information under 10 CFR 51.49(b) or (f). Such action does not 
constitute backfitting as defined in 10 CFR 50.109(a)(1) and is not 
otherwise inconsistent with the applicable issue finality provisions in 
10 CFR part 52. Applicants and potential applicants are not, with 
certain exceptions, protected by either the Backfit Rule or any issue 
finality provisions under part 52. Neither the Backfit Rule nor the 
issue finality provisions under Part 52--with certain exclusions 
discussed below--were intended to every NRC action which substantially 
changes the expectations of current and future applicants.
    The exceptions to the general principle are applicable whenever an 
applicant references a Part 52 license (e.g., an early site permit) 
and/or NRC regulatory approval (e.g., a design certification rule) with 
specified issue finality provisions. The staff does not, at this time, 
intend to impose the positions represented in this RG in a manner that 
is inconsistent with any of the issue finality provisions applicable to 
early site permits (10 CFR 52.39) or combined license applications 
referencing an early site permit (10 CFR 52.83). If, in the future, the 
staff seeks to impose a position in this RG in a manner which does not 
provide issue finality as described in the applicable issue finality 
provision, then the staff must make address the criteria for avoiding 
issue finality as described applicable issue finality provision.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of December 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Edward O'Donnell,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division 
of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2016-31375 Filed 12-27-16; 8:45 am]
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