Duke Energy Progress; Combined License Applications for Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant Units 2 and 3, 4423-4425 [2017-00685]

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On May 2, 2013, DEP requested that the NRC suspend review of its combined license (COL) application until further notice. On October 13, 2016, DEP requested an exemption from certain regulatory requirements which, asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Jan 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 if granted, would allow them to revise their COL application for Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant (Harris) Units 2 and 3 in order to address enhancements to the Emergency Preparedness (EP) rules by December 31, 2019, rather than by December 31, 2016, as the regulations currently require. The NRC staff reviewed this request and determined that it is appropriate to grant the exemption to the EP update requirements until December 31, 2019, but stipulated that the updates to the Final Safety Analysis Report must be submitted prior to requesting the NRC resume its review of the COL application, or by December 31, 2019, whichever comes first. DATES: The exemption is effective on January 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2013–0261 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–2013–0261. 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 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 ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a 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: Brian Hughes, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–6582; email: Brian.Hughes@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00145 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4423 I. Background On February 18, 2008, DEP submitted to the NRC a COL application for two units of Westinghouse Electric Company’s AP1000 advanced pressurized water reactors to be constructed and operated at the existing Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant (Harris) site (ADAMS Accession No. ML080580078). The NRC docketed the Harris Units 2 and 3 COL application (Docket Nos. 52–022 and 52–023) on April 23, 2008. On May 2, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13123A344), DEP requested that the NRC suspend review of the Harris Units 2 and 3 COL application. The NRC granted DEP’s request for suspension and all review activities related to the Harris Units 2 and 3 COL application were suspended while the application remained docketed. On July 29, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13212A361), DEP requested an exemption from the requirements in 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 to the COL application, addressing the enhancements to the EP rules by December 31, 2013, which the NRC granted through December 31, 2014. On August 1, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14216A432), DEP requested another exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, as referenced by 10 CFR 52.79(a)(21), to submit an update to the COL application, addressing the enhancements to the EP rules by December 31, 2014, which the NRC granted through December 31, 2015. On August 12, 2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15226A352), DEP requested another exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, as referenced by 10 CFR 52.79(a)(21), to submit an update to the COL application, addressing the enhancements to the EP rules by December 31, 2016. On October 13, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML16288A816) DEP requested another exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, as referenced by 10 CFR 52.79(a)(21), to submit annual updates to the COL application during the years 2016, 2017, and 2018, addressing the enhancements to the EP rules by December 31, 2019. II. Request/Action Part 50, appendix E, Section 1.5, 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 E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 4424 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2017 / Notices COL application to comply with the EP rules published in the Federal Register (76 FR 72560) on November 23, 2011. 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. Since DEP 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. Similar to an earlier exemption request it submitted, as described above, by letter dated October 13, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML16288A815), DEP requested another exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, to submit the required COL application revision to comply with the new EP rules. The requested exemption would allow DEP to revise its COL application, and comply with the new EP rules on or before December 31, 2019, rather than the initial December 31, 2013, date required by 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5. The current requirement to comply with the new EP rule could not be changed, absent the exemption. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Discussion Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.12(a), 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)). Authorized by Law The exemption is a one-time schedule exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5. The exemption would allow DEP to revise its COL application, and comply with the new EP rules on or before December 31, 2019, in lieu of the initial 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 DEP the requested one-time exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Jan 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 50, appendix E, Section I.5 will not result in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or NRC’s regulations. Therefore, the exemption is authorized by law. No Undue Risk to Public Health and Safety The underlying purpose of the enhancements to EP found in 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, is to amend certain EP requirements to enhance 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 DEP to submit the revised COL application prior to requesting the NRC to resume the review and, in any event, on or before December 31, 2019. 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 whenever: (1) 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)(ii); or (2) The exemption would only provide temporary relief from the applicable regulation or the applicant has made good faith efforts to comply with the regulation (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v)). The purpose of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5 is to ensure that applicants and new COL holders updated their COL applications or COLs to allow the NRC to review them efficiently and effectively, and to bring the applicants or licensees into PO 00000 Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 compliance prior to receiving a license, or, for licensees, prior to operating the plant. If the NRC were to grant this exemption, and DEP were then required to update its application to comply with the EP rule enhancements by December 31, 2019, or prior to any request to restart their review, the purpose of the rule would still be achieved because the applicant will be required to make required updates to the emergency plan to facilitate NRC review of the application at the appropriate time. For this reason, the application of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, for the suspended Harris 2 and 3 COL application is deemed unnecessary and, therefore, special circumstances are present. 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: The following categories of actions are categorical exclusions 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 are 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 E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2017 / Notices contribute to any significant increase in occupational or public radiation exposure. (iv) There is no significant construction impact; The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is administrative in nature; the application review is suspended until further notice, and there is no consideration of any construction at this time, and hence the proposed action does not involve any construction impact. (v) There is no significant increase in the potential for or consequences from radiological accidents; 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 COL application by DEP and (G) Scheduling requirements; The proposed exemption relates to the schedule for submitting a COL application update to the NRC. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. Conclusion Accordingly, the Commission has determined that, pursuant to 10 CFR 50.12(a), 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 DEP a one-time exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50 Appendix E, Section I.5 pertaining to the Harris Units 2 and 3 COL application to allow submittal of the revised COL application that complies with the enhancements to the EP rules prior to any request to the NRC to resume the review, and in any event, no later than December 31, 2019. 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 4th day of January 2017. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Jan 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 For The Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Francis M. Akstulewicz, Director, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. 2017–00685 Filed 1–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 52–025 and 52–026; NRC– 2008–0252] Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Debris Screen Related Dimensions Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption and combined license amendment; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an exemption to allow a departure from the certification information of Tier 1 of the generic design control document (DCD) and is issuing License Amendment No. 63 to Combined Licenses (COL), NPF– 91 and NPF–92. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., and Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, Authority of Georgia, and the City of Dalton, Georgia (the licensee); for construction and operation of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP) Units 3 and 4, located in Burke County, Georgia. The granting of the exemption allows the changes to Tier 1 information asked for in the amendment. Because the acceptability of the exemption was determined in part by the acceptability of the amendment, the exemption and amendment are being issued concurrently. DATES: The exemption and amendment were issued on December 29, 2016. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2008–0252 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–2008–0252. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–415–3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00147 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4425 • 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 ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in this document. The request for the amendment and exemption was submitted by letter dated August 11, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML16224B122). • 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: Ruth Reyes, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–3249; email: Ruth.Reyes@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC is granting an exemption from Paragraph B of Section III, ‘‘Scope and Contents,’’ of appendix D, ‘‘Design Certification Rule for the AP1000,’’ to part 52 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), and issuing License Amendment No. 63 to COLs, NP–91 and NPF–92, to the licensee. The exemption is required by Paragraph A.4 of Section VIII, ‘‘Processes for Changes and Departures,’’ appendix D, to 10 CFR part 52 to allow the licensee to depart from Tier 1 information. With the requested amendment, the licensee sought proposed changes that would revise the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report in the form of departures from the incorporated plantspecific DCD Tier 2 information. The proposed amendment also involves related changes to plant-specific Tier 1 information, with corresponding changes to the associated COL Appendix C information. The proposed changes are to information identifying the frontal face area and screen surface area for the In-Containment Refueling Water Storage Tank (IRWST) screens, the location and dimensions of the protective plate located above the containment recirculation (CR) screens, and increasing the maximum Normal E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket Nos. 52-022 and 52-023; NRC-2013-0261]


Duke Energy Progress; Combined License Applications for Shearon 
Harris Nuclear Plant Units 2 and 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 an October 13, 2016, letter from Duke Energy 
Progress (DEP). On May 2, 2013, DEP requested that the NRC suspend 
review of its combined license (COL) application until further notice. 
On October 13, 2016, DEP requested an exemption from certain regulatory 
requirements which, if granted, would allow them to revise their COL 
application for Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant (Harris) Units 2 and 3 in 
order to address enhancements to the Emergency Preparedness (EP) rules 
by December 31, 2019, rather than by December 31, 2016, as the 
regulations currently require. The NRC staff reviewed this request and 
determined that it is appropriate to grant the exemption to the EP 
update requirements until December 31, 2019, but stipulated that the 
updates to the Final Safety Analysis Report must be submitted prior to 
requesting the NRC resume its review of the COL application, or by 
December 31, 2019, whichever comes first.

DATES: The exemption is effective on January 13, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0261 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-2013-0261. 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 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 
ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it available in 
ADAMS) is provided the first time that a 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: Brian Hughes, Office of New Reactors, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; 
telephone: 301-415-6582; email: Brian.Hughes@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    On February 18, 2008, DEP submitted to the NRC a COL application 
for two units of Westinghouse Electric Company's AP1000 advanced 
pressurized water reactors to be constructed and operated at the 
existing Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant (Harris) site (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML080580078). The NRC docketed the Harris Units 2 and 3 COL 
application (Docket Nos. 52-022 and 52-023) on April 23, 2008. On May 
2, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13123A344), DEP requested that the NRC 
suspend review of the Harris Units 2 and 3 COL application. The NRC 
granted DEP's request for suspension and all review activities related 
to the Harris Units 2 and 3 COL application were suspended while the 
application remained docketed.
    On July 29, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13212A361), DEP requested 
an exemption from the requirements in 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 to the COL application, 
addressing the enhancements to the EP rules by December 31, 2013, which 
the NRC granted through December 31, 2014. On August 1, 2014 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML14216A432), DEP requested another exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, as referenced 
by 10 CFR 52.79(a)(21), to submit an update to the COL application, 
addressing the enhancements to the EP rules by December 31, 2014, which 
the NRC granted through December 31, 2015. On August 12, 2015 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML15226A352), DEP requested another exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, as referenced 
by 10 CFR 52.79(a)(21), to submit an update to the COL application, 
addressing the enhancements to the EP rules by December 31, 2016. On 
October 13, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML16288A816) DEP requested 
another exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, 
Section I.5, as referenced by 10 CFR 52.79(a)(21), to submit annual 
updates to the COL application during the years 2016, 2017, and 2018, 
addressing the enhancements to the EP rules by December 31, 2019.

II. Request/Action

    Part 50, appendix E, Section 1.5, 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

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COL application to comply with the EP rules published in the Federal 
Register (76 FR 72560) on November 23, 2011. 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.
    Since DEP 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. Similar to an earlier exemption request it submitted, as 
described above, by letter dated October 13, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML16288A815), DEP requested another exemption from the requirements of 
10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, to submit the required COL 
application revision to comply with the new EP rules. The requested 
exemption would allow DEP to revise its COL application, and comply 
with the new EP rules on or before December 31, 2019, rather than the 
initial December 31, 2013, date required by 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, 
Section I.5. The current requirement to comply with the new EP rule 
could not be changed, absent the exemption.

III. Discussion

    Pursuant to 10 CFR 50.12(a), 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)).

Authorized by Law

    The exemption is a one-time schedule exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5. The exemption 
would allow DEP to revise its COL application, and comply with the new 
EP rules on or before December 31, 2019, in lieu of the initial 
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 DEP the requested one-time exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5 will not result 
in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or NRC's 
regulations. Therefore, the exemption is authorized by law.

No Undue Risk to Public Health and Safety

    The underlying purpose of the enhancements to EP found in 10 CFR 
part 50, appendix E, is to amend certain EP requirements to enhance 
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 DEP to submit the revised COL 
application prior to requesting the NRC to resume the review and, in 
any event, on or before December 31, 2019. 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 whenever: (1) 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)(ii); or (2) The exemption would only provide temporary relief 
from the applicable regulation or the applicant has made good faith 
efforts to comply with the regulation (10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(v)).
    The purpose of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5 is to ensure 
that applicants and new COL holders updated their COL applications or 
COLs to allow the NRC to review them efficiently and effectively, and 
to bring the applicants or licensees into compliance prior to receiving 
a license, or, for licensees, prior to operating the plant. If the NRC 
were to grant this exemption, and DEP were then required to update its 
application to comply with the EP rule enhancements by December 31, 
2019, or prior to any request to restart their review, the purpose of 
the rule would still be achieved because the applicant will be required 
to make required updates to the emergency plan to facilitate NRC review 
of the application at the appropriate time. For this reason, the 
application of 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, Section I.5, for the 
suspended Harris 2 and 3 COL application is deemed unnecessary and, 
therefore, special circumstances are present.

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:
    The following categories of actions are categorical exclusions 
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 are 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

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contribute to any significant increase in occupational or public 
radiation exposure.
    (iv) There is no significant construction impact;
    The proposed action involves only a schedule change which is 
administrative in nature; the application review is suspended until 
further notice, and there is no consideration of any construction at 
this time, and hence the proposed action does not involve any 
construction impact.
    (v) There is no significant increase in the potential for or 
consequences from radiological accidents;
    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 COL 
application by DEP
    and
    (G) Scheduling requirements;
    The proposed exemption 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), 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 DEP a one-time exemption from 
the requirements of 10 CFR part 50 Appendix E, Section I.5 pertaining 
to the Harris Units 2 and 3 COL application to allow submittal of the 
revised COL application that complies with the enhancements to the EP 
rules prior to any request to the NRC to resume the review, and in any 
event, no later than December 31, 2019.
    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 4th day of January 2017.

For The Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Francis M. Akstulewicz,
Director, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors.
[FR Doc. 2017-00685 Filed 1-12-17; 8:45 am]
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