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Download as PDF 11066 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 32 / Friday, February 17, 2017 / Notices radiological impacts. The reason the environment would not be significantly affected is because the proposed changes would only result in minor changes in staffing levels and associated vehicular traffic, along with a small increase in air pollutant emissions. This FONSI incorporates by reference the EA in Section II of this notice. Therefore, the NRC concludes that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action. The related environmental documents are the ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2, Final Report,’’ NUREG–1437, Supplement 34; and the ‘‘Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Combined Licenses (COLs) for Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 and 4,’’ NUREG–1947. NUREG–1437, Supplement 34 provides the latest environmental review of current operations at VEGP, Units 1 and 2 and description of environmental conditions. NUREG–1947 provides the environmental review of initial licensing of VEGP, Units 3 and 4. The finding and other related environmental documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Publicly-available records will be accessible electronically from ADAMS Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC’s Web site: https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC’s PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1–800– 397–4209 or 301–415–4737, or send an email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. IV. Availability of Documents The documents identified in the following table are available to interested persons through one or more of the following methods, as indicated. ADAMS Accession No./ Web link/ Federal Register Citation Document Southern Nuclear Operating Company, License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, dated August 31, 2015. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response To Request for Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, dated February 17, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response to Request For Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, dated April 8, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Updated Submittal of the Assessment of Emergency Response Staffing Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, dated May 13, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Corrected Response to Request For Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, dated May 26, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response to Request For Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, dated June 9, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Letter RE: Standard Emergency Plan Implementation Date, dated November 2, 2016 NUREG–1437, Supplement 34, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2, Final Report, dated December 2008. NUREG–1947, Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Combined Licenses (COLs) for Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 and 4, Final Report, dated March 2011. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 9th day of February 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Shawn A. Williams, Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch II– 1, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2017–03241 Filed 2–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES [Docket Nos. 50–321, 50–366; NRC–2017– 0045] Southern Nuclear Company, Inc.; Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Feb 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 Environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact; issuance. ACTION: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making a finding of no significant impact for a proposed issuance of an amendment to Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR–57 and NPF–5, held by Southern Nuclear Company, Inc. (SNC, the licensee) for the operation of Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant (Hatch), Unit 1 and Unit 2, respectively, located in Appling County, Georgia. The proposed amendments would allow for the adoption of a common (fleet-wide) SNC Standard Emergency Plan (SEP), with site-specific annexes. DATES: February 17, 2017. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2017–0045 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ML15246A045 ML16060A283 ML16105A194 ML16146A724 ML16147A294 ML16167A468 ML16307A404 ML083380325 ML11076A010 information related to this document using any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2017–0045. 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. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://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 E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 32 / Friday, February 17, 2017 / Notices email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. For the convenience of the reader, the ADAMS accession numbers are provided in a table in the ‘‘Availability of Documents’’ section of this document. • 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: Shawn A. Williams, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–1009; email: Shawn.Williams@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC is considering issuance of amendments pursuant to § 50.54 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Conditions of licenses,’’ paragraph (q), to Renewed Facility Operating License Nos DPR–57 and NPF–5, held by Southern Nuclear Company, Inc. (SNC, the licensee) for the operation of Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant (Hatch), Unit 1 and Unit 2, respectively, located in Georgia, Appling County. In accordance with 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental effects of the proposed licensing action. Based on the results of the environmental assessment, and in accordance with 10 CFR 51.31(a), the NRC has prepared a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the proposed amendments. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES II. Environmental Assessment Description of the Proposed Action The proposed action would revise Hatch, Unit 1 and Unit 2, Renewed Facility Operating Licenses in order to allow the adoption of a fleet-wide SNC Standard Emergency Plan (SEP) that includes site-specific annexes. If approved, the SEP would establish an updated licensing basis for the SNC fleet of nuclear power plants (Farley, Units 1 and 2; Edwin I Hatch, Units 1 and 2; and Vogtle Electric Generating Plants Station; Units 1, 2, 3, and 4) that complies with current NRC’s regulations at 10 CFR 50.47, 10 CFR 50, appendix E, and NUREG–0654/FEMA–REP–1, Revision 1. Notable proposed changes are (a) adoption of a standard staff augmentation time period of 75 minutes from time of declaration of an Alert or higher Emergency Classification, (b) changes in staffing numbers, (c) changes in staffing duties, and (d) consolidation of the Joint Information Center. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Feb 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee’s application dated August 31, 2015, as supplemented by letters dated February 17, 2016; April 8, 2016; May 26, 2016; June 9, 2016; and November 2, 2016, respectively. Need for the Proposed Action Nuclear power plant owners, government agencies, and State and local officials work together to create a system for emergency preparedness and response that will serve the public in the unlikely event of an emergency. An effective emergency preparedness program decreases the likelihood of an initiating event at a nuclear power reactor proceeding to a severe accident. Emergency preparedness cannot affect the probability of the initiating event, but a high level of emergency preparedness increases the probability of accident mitigation if the initiating event proceeds beyond the need for initial operator actions. Each licensee is required to establish emergency plans to be implemented in the event of an accident. These emergency plans cover preparations for evacuation, sheltering, and other actions to protect residents near plants in the event of a serious incident. The NRC, as well as other federal and state regulatory agencies review the subject plans to ensure that the condition of emergency preparedness provides reasonable assurance that adequate protective measures can and will be taken in the event of a radiological emergency. Separate from this EA, the NRC staff is evaluating SNC’s proposed changes to the SEP for Hatch. This review will be documented in the safety evaluation report for the proposed license amendment. The staff’s review will determine whether there is reasonable assurance that adequate protective measures can and will be taken in the event of a radiological emergency in accordance with 10 CFR 50.47(b)(1) through (b)(16), and the requirements in appendix E to 10 CFR part 50. The proposed action is needed to make SNC’s fleet of nuclear power plants (SNC fleet) emergency plans easier to follow and understand. By standardizing emergency plans, with site specific annexes, SNC will align the SNC fleet using consistent standards and definitions. This will improve the consistency throughout the SNC fleet regarding: (1) Emergency planning organizations, (2) duties and responsibilities of emergency personnel, (3) procedures, and (4) training. PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11067 Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action The NRC has completed its evaluation of the proposed action. The proposed action consists mainly of administrative changes related to the rearrangement of NRC-approved Farley, Hatch, and Vogtle emergency plans into one SNC SEP with site-specific annexes. Notable changes include (a) the adoption of a standard staff augmentation time period of 75 minutes from time of declaration of an Alert or higher Emergency Classification (b) changes in staffing numbers, (c) changes in staffing duties, and (d) consolidation of the Joint Information Center. The proposed changes would have no direct impacts on land use or water resources, including terrestrial and aquatic biota as the proposed action involves no new construction or modification of plant operational systems. There would be no changes to the quality or quantity of nonradiological effluents. No changes to the plant’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit are needed. Changes in staffing levels associated with the adopted SEP, and site-specific annex for Hatch, could result in minor changes in vehicular traffic and associated air pollutant emissions, but no significant changes in ambient air quality would be expected. In addition, there would be no noticeable effect on socioeconomic conditions in the region, no environment justice impacts, and no impacts to historic and cultural resources. Therefore, there would be no significant non-radiological impacts associated with the proposed. The NRC has concluded that the proposed action would not significantly affect plant safety and would not have a significant adverse effect on the probability of an accident occurring. There would be no change to radioactive effluents that affect radiation exposures to plant workers and members of the public. No changes would be made to plant buildings or the site property. Therefore, the proposed action would not result in a change to the radiation exposures to the public or radiation exposure to plant workers. Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC considered denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ‘‘no-action’’ alternative). Denial of the license amendment request would result in no change in current environmental impacts. E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1 11068 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 32 / Friday, February 17, 2017 / Notices Alternative Use of Resources There are no unresolved conflicts concerning alternative uses of available resources under the proposed action. Agencies and Persons Consulted On January 11, 2017, the NRC staff consulted with the Georgia State official, Mr. B. Simonton, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action. The state official had no comments. III. Finding of No Significant Impact The licensee has requested license amendments pursuant to 10 CFR 50.54(q) to adopt a fleet-wide SEP, with a specific annex, for Edwin I. Hatch, Unit 1 and 2. The NRC is considering issuing the requested amendments. The proposed action would not significantly affect plant safety, would not have a significant adverse effect on the probability of an accident occurring, and would not have any significant radiological and non-radiological impacts. The reason the environment would not be significantly affected is because the proposed changes would only result in minor changes in staffing levels and associated vehicular traffic, along with a small increase in air pollutant emissions. This FONSI incorporates by reference the EA in Section II of this notice. Therefore, the NRC concludes that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action. The related environmental document is the ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2, Final Report,’’ NUREG–1437, Supplement 4. NUREG–1437, Supplement 4 provides the latest environmental review of current operations and description of environmental conditions at Hatch. The finding and other related environmental documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Publicly-available records will be accessible electronically from ADAMS Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC’s Web site: https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC’s PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1–800– 397–4209 or 301–415–4737, or send an email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. IV. Availability of Documents The documents identified in the following table are available to interested persons through one or more of the following methods, as indicated. ADAMS Accession No./ Web link/Federal Register Citation Document Southern Nuclear Operating Company, License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated August 31, 2015. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response to Request For Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated February 17, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response to Request For Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated April 8, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Corrected Response to Request For Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated May 26, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response to Request For Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated June 9, 2016. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Letter RE: Standard Emergency Plan Implementation Date, Dated November 2, 2016. NUREG–1437, Supplement 4, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2, Final Report, Dated May 2001. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 9th day of February 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. STATUS: Shawn A. Williams, Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch II– 1, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. Thursday, February 23, 2017 [FR Doc. 2017–03237 Filed 2–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P Week of February 20, 2017 9:30 a.m. Joint Meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Public Meeting) (Contact: Denise McGovern) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—https://www.nrc.gov/. ML16060A283 ML16105A194 ML16147A294 ML16167A468 ML16307A404 ML011420018 the Nuclear Materials Users Business Lines (Public Meeting) (Contact: Soly Soto; 301–415–7528) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—https://www.nrc.gov/. Week of March 6, 2017—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of March 6, 2017. Week of March 13, 2017—Tentative Week of February 27, 2017—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of March 13, 2017. [NRC–2017–0001] Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Week of March 20, 2017—Tentative Sunshine Act Meeting Notice 10:00 a.m. Briefing on NRC International Activities (Closed Ex. 1 & 9) Thursday, March 23, 2017 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Public and Closed. ML15246A045 Weeks of February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017. PLACE: Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. DATE: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Feb 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 Thursday, March 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. Strategic Programmatic Overview of the Fuel Facilities and PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9:00 a.m Hearing on Combined Licenses for North Anna Nuclear Plant, Unit 3: Section 189a. of the Atomic Energy Act Proceeding (Public Meeting) (Contact: James Shea: 301–415–1388) E:\FR\FM\17FEN1.SGM 17FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 32 (Friday, February 17, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11066-11068]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket Nos. 50-321, 50-366; NRC-2017-0045]


Southern Nuclear Company, Inc.; Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, 
Units 1 and 2

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact; 
issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making a 
finding of no significant impact for a proposed issuance of an 
amendment to Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-57 and NPF-5, 
held by Southern Nuclear Company, Inc. (SNC, the licensee) for the 
operation of Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant (Hatch), Unit 1 and Unit 2, 
respectively, located in Appling County, Georgia. The proposed 
amendments would allow for the adoption of a common (fleet-wide) SNC 
Standard Emergency Plan (SEP), with site-specific annexes.

DATES: February 17, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2017-0045 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 https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2017-0045. 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.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://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

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email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. For the convenience of the reader, the 
ADAMS accession numbers are provided in a table in the ``Availability 
of Documents'' section of this document.
     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: Shawn A. Williams, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-1009; email: Shawn.Williams@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The NRC is considering issuance of amendments pursuant to Sec.  
50.54 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), 
``Conditions of licenses,'' paragraph (q), to Renewed Facility 
Operating License Nos DPR-57 and NPF-5, held by Southern Nuclear 
Company, Inc. (SNC, the licensee) for the operation of Edwin I. Hatch 
Nuclear Plant (Hatch), Unit 1 and Unit 2, respectively, located in 
Georgia, Appling County.
    In accordance with 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC has prepared an 
environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental effects 
of the proposed licensing action. Based on the results of the 
environmental assessment, and in accordance with 10 CFR 51.31(a), the 
NRC has prepared a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the 
proposed amendments.

II. Environmental Assessment

Description of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action would revise Hatch, Unit 1 and Unit 2, Renewed 
Facility Operating Licenses in order to allow the adoption of a fleet-
wide SNC Standard Emergency Plan (SEP) that includes site-specific 
annexes. If approved, the SEP would establish an updated licensing 
basis for the SNC fleet of nuclear power plants (Farley, Units 1 and 2; 
Edwin I Hatch, Units 1 and 2; and Vogtle Electric Generating Plants 
Station; Units 1, 2, 3, and 4) that complies with current NRC's 
regulations at 10 CFR 50.47, 10 CFR 50, appendix E, and NUREG-0654/
FEMA-REP-1, Revision 1.
    Notable proposed changes are (a) adoption of a standard staff 
augmentation time period of 75 minutes from time of declaration of an 
Alert or higher Emergency Classification, (b) changes in staffing 
numbers, (c) changes in staffing duties, and (d) consolidation of the 
Joint Information Center.
    The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee's 
application dated August 31, 2015, as supplemented by letters dated 
February 17, 2016; April 8, 2016; May 26, 2016; June 9, 2016; and 
November 2, 2016, respectively.

Need for the Proposed Action

    Nuclear power plant owners, government agencies, and State and 
local officials work together to create a system for emergency 
preparedness and response that will serve the public in the unlikely 
event of an emergency. An effective emergency preparedness program 
decreases the likelihood of an initiating event at a nuclear power 
reactor proceeding to a severe accident. Emergency preparedness cannot 
affect the probability of the initiating event, but a high level of 
emergency preparedness increases the probability of accident mitigation 
if the initiating event proceeds beyond the need for initial operator 
actions.
    Each licensee is required to establish emergency plans to be 
implemented in the event of an accident. These emergency plans cover 
preparations for evacuation, sheltering, and other actions to protect 
residents near plants in the event of a serious incident.
    The NRC, as well as other federal and state regulatory agencies 
review the subject plans to ensure that the condition of emergency 
preparedness provides reasonable assurance that adequate protective 
measures can and will be taken in the event of a radiological 
emergency.
    Separate from this EA, the NRC staff is evaluating SNC's proposed 
changes to the SEP for Hatch. This review will be documented in the 
safety evaluation report for the proposed license amendment. The 
staff's review will determine whether there is reasonable assurance 
that adequate protective measures can and will be taken in the event of 
a radiological emergency in accordance with 10 CFR 50.47(b)(1) through 
(b)(16), and the requirements in appendix E to 10 CFR part 50.
    The proposed action is needed to make SNC's fleet of nuclear power 
plants (SNC fleet) emergency plans easier to follow and understand. By 
standardizing emergency plans, with site specific annexes, SNC will 
align the SNC fleet using consistent standards and definitions. This 
will improve the consistency throughout the SNC fleet regarding: (1) 
Emergency planning organizations, (2) duties and responsibilities of 
emergency personnel, (3) procedures, and (4) training.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC has completed its evaluation of the proposed action. The 
proposed action consists mainly of administrative changes related to 
the rearrangement of NRC-approved Farley, Hatch, and Vogtle emergency 
plans into one SNC SEP with site-specific annexes. Notable changes 
include (a) the adoption of a standard staff augmentation time period 
of 75 minutes from time of declaration of an Alert or higher Emergency 
Classification (b) changes in staffing numbers, (c) changes in staffing 
duties, and (d) consolidation of the Joint Information Center.
    The proposed changes would have no direct impacts on land use or 
water resources, including terrestrial and aquatic biota as the 
proposed action involves no new construction or modification of plant 
operational systems. There would be no changes to the quality or 
quantity of non-radiological effluents. No changes to the plant's 
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit are needed. 
Changes in staffing levels associated with the adopted SEP, and site-
specific annex for Hatch, could result in minor changes in vehicular 
traffic and associated air pollutant emissions, but no significant 
changes in ambient air quality would be expected. In addition, there 
would be no noticeable effect on socioeconomic conditions in the 
region, no environment justice impacts, and no impacts to historic and 
cultural resources. Therefore, there would be no significant non-
radiological impacts associated with the proposed.
    The NRC has concluded that the proposed action would not 
significantly affect plant safety and would not have a significant 
adverse effect on the probability of an accident occurring. There would 
be no change to radioactive effluents that affect radiation exposures 
to plant workers and members of the public. No changes would be made to 
plant buildings or the site property. Therefore, the proposed action 
would not result in a change to the radiation exposures to the public 
or radiation exposure to plant workers.

Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC considered denial 
of the proposed action (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative). Denial of 
the license amendment request would result in no change in current 
environmental impacts.

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Alternative Use of Resources

    There are no unresolved conflicts concerning alternative uses of 
available resources under the proposed action.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    On January 11, 2017, the NRC staff consulted with the Georgia State 
official, Mr. B. Simonton, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, 
regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action. The state 
official had no comments.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    The licensee has requested license amendments pursuant to 10 CFR 
50.54(q) to adopt a fleet-wide SEP, with a specific annex, for Edwin I. 
Hatch, Unit 1 and 2. The NRC is considering issuing the requested 
amendments. The proposed action would not significantly affect plant 
safety, would not have a significant adverse effect on the probability 
of an accident occurring, and would not have any significant 
radiological and non-radiological impacts. The reason the environment 
would not be significantly affected is because the proposed changes 
would only result in minor changes in staffing levels and associated 
vehicular traffic, along with a small increase in air pollutant 
emissions. This FONSI incorporates by reference the EA in Section II of 
this notice. Therefore, the NRC concludes that the proposed action will 
not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. 
Accordingly, the NRC has determined not to prepare an environmental 
impact statement for the proposed action.
    The related environmental document is the ``Generic Environmental 
Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Edwin 
I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2, Final Report,'' NUREG-1437, 
Supplement 4. NUREG-1437, Supplement 4 provides the latest 
environmental review of current operations and description of 
environmental conditions at Hatch.
    The finding and other related environmental documents may be 
examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public Document Room 
(PDR), located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, 
Rockville, Maryland 20852. Publicly-available records will be 
accessible electronically from ADAMS Public Electronic Reading Room on 
the Internet at the NRC's Web site: https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html.
    Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems 
in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC's 
PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209 or 301-415-4737, or 
send an email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov.

IV. Availability of Documents

    The documents identified in the following table are available to 
interested persons through one or more of the following methods, as 
indicated.

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                                                                ADAMS Accession No./Web link/Federal Register
                          Document                                                 Citation
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Southern Nuclear Operating Company, License Amendment        ML15246A045
 Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated
 August 31, 2015.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response to Request For  ML16060A283
 Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request
 for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated February
 17, 2016.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response to Request For  ML16105A194
 Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request
 for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated April 8,
 2016.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Corrected Response to    ML16147A294
 Request For Additional Information Regarding License
 Amendment Request for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan,
 Dated May 26, 2016.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Response to Request For  ML16167A468
 Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request
 for Adoption of Standard Emergency Plan, Dated June 9,
 2016.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Letter RE: Standard      ML16307A404
 Emergency Plan Implementation Date, Dated November 2, 2016.
NUREG-1437, Supplement 4, Generic Environmental Impact       ML011420018
 Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Edwin I.
 Hatch Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2, Final Report, Dated
 May 2001.
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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 9th day of February 2017.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Shawn A. Williams,
Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch II-1, Division of Operating 
Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
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