Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Addition of New Turbine Building Sump Pumps, 58224-58225 [2017-26602]

Download as PDF 58224 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 236 / Monday, December 11, 2017 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES period on this information collection on September 22, 2017, 82 FR 44470. 1. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR part 9, ‘‘Public Records.’’ 2. OMB approval number: 3150–0043. 3. Type of submission: Extension. 4. The form number if applicable: NRC Form 509; NRC Form 507. 5. How often the collection is required or requested: On occasion. 6. Who will be required or asked to respond: FOIA Requesters who have requests that require pre-payment or agree to pay for the processing of their FOIA requests. 7. The estimated number of annual responses: 2,490. 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 2,490. 9. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to comply with the information collection requirement or request: 1,111. 10. Abstract: The proposed information collection activity provides communication with FOIA requesters to have the opportunity to be notified about any fees to process their FOIA requests. Providing NRC Form 509 to a requester serves as notification of the processing fees as it relates to search, review, and duplication. Pursuant to NRC’s regulations, 10 CFR 9.40, when fees exceed $ 25.00 the requester has the opportunity to re-scope their request. Additionally, in response to the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, in accordance with 10 CFR 9.39, the revised form notifies the requester that if the agency fails to comply with statutory time limits, the agency cannot charge the requester any fees (except in unusual circumstances). In the event that fees are required, the requester can verify their willingness to pay on this form, and must submit payment within ten working days of the receipt of the form. In addition, the NRC created Form 507 which allows the public to electronically submit FOIA requests from the FOIA Web site. Unlike the previous online FOIA request submission form, requesters can provide identification verification at the time the request is made, which shortens the processing time. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day of December 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. David Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–26547 Filed 12–8–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Dec 08, 2017 Jkt 244001 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; Addition of New Turbine Building Sump Pumps 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 elements of the certification information of Tier 1 of the generic AP1000 design control document (DCD) and is issuing License Amendment Nos. 96 and 95 to Combined Licenses (COL), NPF–91 and NPF–92, respectively. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. (SNC), 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. SUMMARY: The exemption and amendment were issued on November 6, 2017. 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. • 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/ DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 27, 2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff’s request for additional information dated August 31, 2017, (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML15356A655, ML16209A477, ML17139D394, and ML17243A459, respectively), titled, ‘‘Addition of Two Turbine Building Sump Pumps,’’ and designated License Amendment Request (LAR) 15–019. • 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: William Gleaves, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001; telephone: 301–415–5848; email: Bill.Gleaves@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 Nos. 96 and 95 to COLs, NPF–91 and NPF–92, respectively, to the licensee. The exemption is required by paragraph A.4 of section III, ‘‘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 to the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR) in the form of departures from the incorporated plant-specific DCD Tier 2 information and involves changes to COL Appendix C and COL Appendix A, Technical Specifications. The proposed changes revise the licensing basis documents to depart from COL Appendix C information (with corresponding changes to the associated plant-specific Tier 1 information) and associated changes to Tier 2 information in the VEGP UFSAR. The proposed E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 236 / Monday, December 11, 2017 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES changes were to accommodate increased flow to the turbine building main sumps during condensate polishing system rinsing operations. SNC also requested related exemptions from the Commission’s regulations. Part of the justification for granting the exemption was provided by the review of the amendment. Because the exemption is necessary in order to issue the requested license amendment, the NRC granted the exemption and issued the amendment concurrently, rather than in sequence. This included issuing a combined safety evaluation containing the NRC staff’s review of both the exemption request and the license amendment. The exemption met all applicable regulatory criteria set forth in §§ 50.12, 52.7, and section VIII.A.4 of appendix D to 10 CFR part 52. The license amendment was found to be acceptable as well. The combined safety evaluation is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML17272A280. Identical exemption documents (except for referenced unit numbers and license numbers) were issued to the licensee for VEGP Units 3 and 4 (COLs NPF–91 and NPF–92). The exemption documents for VEGP Units 3 and 4 can be found in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML17272A278 and ML17272A279, respectively. The exemption is reproduced (with the exception of abbreviated titles and additional citations) in Section II of this document. The amendment documents for COLs NPF–91 and NPF–92 are available in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML17272A275 and ML17272A276, respectively. A summary of the amendment documents is provided in Section III of this document. II. Exemption Reproduced below is the exemption document issued to VEGP Units 3 and Unit 4. It makes reference to the combined safety evaluation that provides the reasoning for the findings made by the NRC (and listed under Item 1) in order to grant the exemption: 1. In a letter dated December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 27, 2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff’s request for additional information dated August 31, 2017, Southern Nuclear Operating Company requested from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) an exemption to allow departures from Tier 1 information in the certified DCD incorporated by reference in 10 CFR part 52, appendix D, ‘‘Design Certification Rule for the AP1000 Design,’’ as part of LAR 15–019, ‘‘Addition of New Turbine Building Sump Pumps.’’ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Dec 08, 2017 Jkt 244001 For the reasons set forth in Section 3.1 of the NRC staff’s safety evaluation, which can be found at ADAMS Accession No. ML17272A280, the Commission finds that: A. The exemption is authorized by law; B. the exemption presents no undue risk to public health and safety; C. the exemption is consistent with the common defense and security; D. special circumstances are present in that the application of the rule in this circumstance is not necessary to serve the underlying purpose of the rule; E. the special circumstances outweigh any decrease in safety that may result from the reduction in standardization caused by the exemption; and F. the exemption will not result in a significant decrease in the level of safety otherwise provided by the design. 2. Accordingly, the licensee is granted an exemption from the certified DCD Tier 1 information, with corresponding changes to Appendix C of the Facility Combined Licenses as described in the request dated December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 27, 2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff’s request for additional information dated August 31, 2017. This exemption is related to, and necessary for, the granting of License Amendment Nos. 96 and 95, which is being issued concurrently with this exemption. 3. As explained in Section 6.0 of the NRC staff’s Safety Evaluation (ADAMS Accession No. ML17272A280, this exemption meets the eligibility criteria for categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(9). Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment needs to be prepared in connection with the issuance of the exemption. 4. This exemption is effective as of the date of its issuance. III. License Amendment Request By letter dated December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 27, 2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff’s request for additional information dated August 31, 2017 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML15356A655, ML16209A477, ML17139D394, and ML17243A459, respectively), the licensee requested that the NRC amend the COLs for VEGP, Units 3 and 4, COLs NPF–91 and NPF–92. The proposed amendment is described in Section I of this Federal Register notice. The Commission has determined for these amendments that the application complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58225 Commission’s rules and regulations. The Commission has made appropriate findings as required by the Act and the Commission’s rules and regulations in 10 CFR Chapter I, which are set forth in the license amendment. A notice of consideration of issuance of amendment to facility operating license or COL, as applicable, proposed no significant hazards consideration determination, and opportunity for a hearing in connection with these actions, was published in the Federal Register on July 5, 2017 (82 FR 31089). No comments were received during the 30-day comment period. The Commission has determined that these amendments satisfy the criteria for categorical exclusion in accordance with 10 CFR 51.22. Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment need be prepared for these amendments. IV. Conclusion Using the reasons set forth in the combined safety evaluation, the staff granted the exemption and issued the amendment that the licensee requested on December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 27, 2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff’s request for additional information dated August 31, 2017. The exemption and amendment were issued on November 6, 2017, as part of a combined package to the licensee (ADAMS Accession No. ML17272A272). Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 6th day of December 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Jennifer L. 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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; Addition of New Turbine Building Sump 
Pumps

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Exemption and combined license amendment; issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an 
exemption to allow a departure from elements of the certification 
information of Tier 1 of the generic AP1000 design control document 
(DCD) and is issuing License Amendment Nos. 96 and 95 to Combined 
Licenses (COL), NPF-91 and NPF-92, respectively. The COLs were issued 
to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. (SNC), 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 November 6, 2017.

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: [email protected]. 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 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 [email protected]. 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 December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 27, 
2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff's request for 
additional information dated August 31, 2017, (ADAMS Accession Nos. 
ML15356A655, ML16209A477, ML17139D394, and ML17243A459, respectively), 
titled, ``Addition of Two Turbine Building Sump Pumps,'' and designated 
License Amendment Request (LAR) 15-019.
     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: William Gleaves, Office of New 
Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001; telephone: 301-415-5848; email: [email protected].

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 Nos. 96 and 95 to COLs, NPF-91 
and NPF-92, respectively, to the licensee. The exemption is required by 
paragraph A.4 of section III, ``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 to the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR) in 
the form of departures from the incorporated plant-specific DCD Tier 2 
information and involves changes to COL Appendix C and COL Appendix A, 
Technical Specifications. The proposed changes revise the licensing 
basis documents to depart from COL Appendix C information (with 
corresponding changes to the associated plant-specific Tier 1 
information) and associated changes to Tier 2 information in the VEGP 
UFSAR. The proposed

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changes were to accommodate increased flow to the turbine building main 
sumps during condensate polishing system rinsing operations. SNC also 
requested related exemptions from the Commission's regulations.
    Part of the justification for granting the exemption was provided 
by the review of the amendment. Because the exemption is necessary in 
order to issue the requested license amendment, the NRC granted the 
exemption and issued the amendment concurrently, rather than in 
sequence. This included issuing a combined safety evaluation containing 
the NRC staff's review of both the exemption request and the license 
amendment. The exemption met all applicable regulatory criteria set 
forth in Sec. Sec.  50.12, 52.7, and section VIII.A.4 of appendix D to 
10 CFR part 52. The license amendment was found to be acceptable as 
well. The combined safety evaluation is available in ADAMS under 
Accession No. ML17272A280.
    Identical exemption documents (except for referenced unit numbers 
and license numbers) were issued to the licensee for VEGP Units 3 and 4 
(COLs NPF-91 and NPF-92). The exemption documents for VEGP Units 3 and 
4 can be found in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML17272A278 and 
ML17272A279, respectively. The exemption is reproduced (with the 
exception of abbreviated titles and additional citations) in Section II 
of this document. The amendment documents for COLs NPF-91 and NPF-92 
are available in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML17272A275 and 
ML17272A276, respectively. A summary of the amendment documents is 
provided in Section III of this document.

II. Exemption

    Reproduced below is the exemption document issued to VEGP Units 3 
and Unit 4. It makes reference to the combined safety evaluation that 
provides the reasoning for the findings made by the NRC (and listed 
under Item 1) in order to grant the exemption:
    1. In a letter dated December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated 
July 27, 2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff's request 
for additional information dated August 31, 2017, Southern Nuclear 
Operating Company requested from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC 
or Commission) an exemption to allow departures from Tier 1 information 
in the certified DCD incorporated by reference in 10 CFR part 52, 
appendix D, ``Design Certification Rule for the AP1000 Design,'' as 
part of LAR 15-019, ``Addition of New Turbine Building Sump Pumps.''
    For the reasons set forth in Section 3.1 of the NRC staff's safety 
evaluation, which can be found at ADAMS Accession No. ML17272A280, the 
Commission finds that:
    A. The exemption is authorized by law;
    B. the exemption presents no undue risk to public health and 
safety;
    C. the exemption is consistent with the common defense and 
security;
    D. special circumstances are present in that the application of the 
rule in this circumstance is not necessary to serve the underlying 
purpose of the rule;
    E. the special circumstances outweigh any decrease in safety that 
may result from the reduction in standardization caused by the 
exemption; and
    F. the exemption will not result in a significant decrease in the 
level of safety otherwise provided by the design.
    2. Accordingly, the licensee is granted an exemption from the 
certified DCD Tier 1 information, with corresponding changes to 
Appendix C of the Facility Combined Licenses as described in the 
request dated December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 27, 
2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff's request for 
additional information dated August 31, 2017. This exemption is related 
to, and necessary for, the granting of License Amendment Nos. 96 and 
95, which is being issued concurrently with this exemption.
    3. As explained in Section 6.0 of the NRC staff's Safety Evaluation 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML17272A280, this exemption meets the eligibility 
criteria for categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(9). 
Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact 
statement or environmental assessment needs to be prepared in 
connection with the issuance of the exemption.
    4. This exemption is effective as of the date of its issuance.

III. License Amendment Request

    By letter dated December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 
27, 2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff's request for 
additional information dated August 31, 2017 (ADAMS Accession Nos. 
ML15356A655, ML16209A477, ML17139D394, and ML17243A459, respectively), 
the licensee requested that the NRC amend the COLs for VEGP, Units 3 
and 4, COLs NPF-91 and NPF-92. The proposed amendment is described in 
Section I of this Federal Register notice.
    The Commission has determined for these amendments that the 
application complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic 
Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the Commission's rules 
and regulations. The Commission has made appropriate findings as 
required by the Act and the Commission's rules and regulations in 10 
CFR Chapter I, which are set forth in the license amendment.
    A notice of consideration of issuance of amendment to facility 
operating license or COL, as applicable, proposed no significant 
hazards consideration determination, and opportunity for a hearing in 
connection with these actions, was published in the Federal Register on 
July 5, 2017 (82 FR 31089). No comments were received during the 30-day 
comment period.
    The Commission has determined that these amendments satisfy the 
criteria for categorical exclusion in accordance with 10 CFR 51.22. 
Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact 
statement or environmental assessment need be prepared for these 
amendments.

IV. Conclusion

    Using the reasons set forth in the combined safety evaluation, the 
staff granted the exemption and issued the amendment that the licensee 
requested on December 22, 2015, as revised by letters dated July 27, 
2016, May 19, 2017, and the response to the staff's request for 
additional information dated August 31, 2017.
    The exemption and amendment were issued on November 6, 2017, as 
part of a combined package to the licensee (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML17272A272).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 6th day of December 2017.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Jennifer L. Dixon-Herrity,
Chief, Licensing Branch 4, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of 
New Reactors.
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