Preparing To License Accident Tolerant Fuel, 60633-60634 [2017-27516]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [NRC–2017–0236] Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft project plan; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft project plan, ‘‘Draft Project Plan to Prepare the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to License and Regulate Accident Tolerant Fuel.’’ The NRC has established a steering committee of senior managers to oversee and set direction for a staff working group to prepare the agency for the anticipated licensing and use of accident tolerant fuel (ATF) in U.S. commercial power reactors. This draft project plan lays out the tasks that must be completed by the agency ahead of licensing submittals in order to conduct meaningful and timely reviews of ATF designs. The plan is expected to be a living document that may evolve as ATF concepts are more clearly defined and schedules for lead test assemblies (LTAs) and batch loading are refined. DATES: Submit comments by February 5, 2018. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received before this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2017–0236. 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. • Mail comments to: May Ma, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN–2– A13, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Proffitt, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–1418, email: Andrew.Proffitt@nrc.gov. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 The Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, New Reactors, Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, and Nuclear Regulatory Research are preparing for anticipated licensing and use of ATF in the United States commercial power reactors. Several fuel vendors, in coordination with Department of Energy (DOE), have announced plans to develop and seek approval for various fuel designs with enhanced accident tolerance (i.e., fuels with longer coping times during loss of cooling conditions). The designs being considered in the development of this plan include Cr coated claddings, Crdoped UO2 pellets, FeCrAl cladding, SiC cladding, U3Si2 pellets, and metallic fuels. For these ATF designs, the time frames for initial irradiation of LTA programs and topical report/ license amendment request review were used as a basis for the timelines discussed in this plan. The NRC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with DOE to collaborate on the nuclear safety research of enhanced ATFs that will reduce duplication of efforts and make the appropriate data available for regulatory decision processes. In preparing the agency to conduct meaningful and timely reviews of these advanced fuel designs, the NRC is conducting advanced planning, reviewing the existing regulatory infrastructure, and identifying needs for additional analysis capabilities and the development of unique critical skillsets within the staff. This project plan outlines the preliminary strategy for preparing the NRC to license ATF designs. It also identifies the lead organization for each planned activity. The project plan does not cover existing licensing activities, as they follow existing processes for which schedules and regulatory approaches are well-established. Current preparation for ATF licensing is focused on light water reactor (LWR) fuel for the operating fleet. There may be synergies between the revolutionary LWR ATF fuel development and fuel safety qualification of some types of non-LWR fuels for advanced reactor designs. As appropriate, the NRC will leverage any synergies to optimize licensing efficiency and effectiveness. The NRC is issuing the plan for public comment to solicit feedback and insight from stakeholders to ensure that the plan will appropriately prepare the NRC to license and regulate the ATF designs the industry is currently pursuing on a schedule consistent with industry timelines. A. Obtaining Information Preparing To License Accident Tolerant Fuel SUMMARY: II. Discussion I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION VerDate Sep<11>2014 60633 Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2017– 0236 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain publiclyavailable information related to this action by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2017–0236. • 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 ‘‘Draft Project Plan to Prepare the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to License and Regulate Accident Tolerant Fuel,’’ is available in ADAMS under Package Accession No. ML17325B771. • 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. B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2017– 0236 in your comment submission. The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http:// www.regulations.gov as well as entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information. If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 60634 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 244 / Thursday, December 21, 2017 / Notices Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 18th day of December 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mirela Gavrilas, Director, Division of Safety Systems, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2017–27516 Filed 12–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2017–0235] Licensing Support Network Advisory Review Panel: Meeting Notice U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will convene a meeting of the Licensing Support Network Advisory Review Panel (LSNARP) on January 30–31, 2018, at the NRC’s Headquarters Offices in Room 01C3, Three White Flint North Building, 11601 Landsdown Street, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The meeting is being held to carry out the NRC’s responsibilities under the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s decision in the case In re Aiken County, 645 F.3d 428 (D.C. Cir. 2011), and the Commission’s July 31, 2017, direction in the Staff SUMMARY: Requirements Memorandum associated with COMSECY–17–0019 that a next step in the Yucca Mountain licensing process is for the NRC to initiate information-gathering activities regarding reinstituting or replacing the Licensing Support Network (LSN). The LSN, which was used to make documentary material associated with the Yucca Mountain adjudicatory proceeding available to hearing participants and the public, was decommissioned when the adjudication was suspended in 2011. The information being collected will assist the Commission in making efficient, informed decisions concerning appropriate means for reconstituting the LSN’s functionality if the currentlysuspended Yucca Mountain adjudication were to re-commence in the future. The meeting will be open to the public pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 94–463, 86 Stat. 770–776) and will be conducted as a virtual meeting with representatives of LSNARP member organizations utilizing the capabilities of GoToMeeting® and the general public having access via GoToWebinar®. Representatives of LSNARP member organizations and the public may also attend in person at the location indicated above. Agenda: The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. If attending the meeting in person, please plan your arrival to allow additional time (e.g., 15 to 30 minutes) for security screening. The preliminary agenda is listed below. Additional details regarding timing of presentations and changes to the agenda may be obtained through the contacts listed below and will be announced prior to the meeting. The primary focus of the meeting will be on the options available for reconstituting the LSN’s functionality. The NRC has prepared a paper describing the options (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML17347B671) to be examined and discussed at the meeting with the objective of soliciting the views of the LSNARP member organizations on the best path forward for reconstituting the LSN or developing a suitable replacement system if the Yucca Mountain licensing adjudication is resumed in the future. Additionally, at the conclusion of the January 30 meeting session, the NRC will provide an orientation session regarding the ADAMS LSN Library, which currently houses the documentary material previously accessible via the LSN and provides the technical basis for one of the options to be discussed at the meeting. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES EST/PST January 30, 2018: Security Check-in for Onsite Attendees ........................................................................................................................... Introduction and Overview ................................................................................................................................................ Meeting Process/Ground Rules Status of Adjudicatory Proceeding Status of E-Filing/Electronic Hearing Docket and New Exhibit Submission Process Break History of the LSN Introduction of LSN Reconstitution/Replacement Options and New Functional Requirements Lunch Option 1, Traditional Discovery Member Comment and Discussion Public Comments Break Option 2, NRC ADAMS LSN Library Member Comment and Discussion Public Comments Wrap-up/Adjourn Break ADAMS LSN Library Orientation ...................................................................................................................................... End of Day 1 .................................................................................................................................................................... January 31, 2018: Security Check-in for Onsite Attendees ........................................................................................................................... Introduction and Overview ................................................................................................................................................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:57 Dec 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 9:30 a.m./6:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m./7:00 a.m. (Approx. 1 Hour.) 6:30 p.m./3:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m./6:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m./7:00 a.m.

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 244 (Thursday, December 21, 2017)]
[Notices]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2017-0236]


Preparing To License Accident Tolerant Fuel

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft project plan; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for 
public comment a draft project plan, ``Draft Project Plan to Prepare 
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to License and Regulate Accident 
Tolerant Fuel.'' The NRC has established a steering committee of senior 
managers to oversee and set direction for a staff working group to 
prepare the agency for the anticipated licensing and use of accident 
tolerant fuel (ATF) in U.S. commercial power reactors. This draft 
project plan lays out the tasks that must be completed by the agency 
ahead of licensing submittals in order to conduct meaningful and timely 
reviews of ATF designs. The plan is expected to be a living document 
that may evolve as ATF concepts are more clearly defined and schedules 
for lead test assemblies (LTAs) and batch loading are refined.

DATES: Submit comments by February 5, 2018. Comments received after 
this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the 
Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received 
before this date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2017-0236. 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.
     Mail comments to: May Ma, Office of Administration, Mail 
Stop: OWFN-2-A13, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001.
    For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting 
comments, see ``Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Proffitt, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-1418, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2017-0236 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain 
publicly-available information related to this action by any of the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2017-0236.
     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 
``Draft Project Plan to Prepare the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
to License and Regulate Accident Tolerant Fuel,'' is available in ADAMS 
under Package Accession No. ML17325B771.
     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.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2017-0236 in your comment submission.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your 
comment submission. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as entering the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Discussion

    The Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, New Reactors, Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, and Nuclear Regulatory Research are 
preparing for anticipated licensing and use of ATF in the United States 
commercial power reactors.
    Several fuel vendors, in coordination with Department of Energy 
(DOE), have announced plans to develop and seek approval for various 
fuel designs with enhanced accident tolerance (i.e., fuels with longer 
coping times during loss of cooling conditions). The designs being 
considered in the development of this plan include Cr coated claddings, 
Cr-doped UO2 pellets, FeCrAl cladding, SiC cladding, U3Si2 pellets, and 
metallic fuels. For these ATF designs, the time frames for initial 
irradiation of LTA programs and topical report/license amendment 
request review were used as a basis for the timelines discussed in this 
plan.
    The NRC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with DOE to 
collaborate on the nuclear safety research of enhanced ATFs that will 
reduce duplication of efforts and make the appropriate data available 
for regulatory decision processes. In preparing the agency to conduct 
meaningful and timely reviews of these advanced fuel designs, the NRC 
is conducting advanced planning, reviewing the existing regulatory 
infrastructure, and identifying needs for additional analysis 
capabilities and the development of unique critical skillsets within 
the staff.
    This project plan outlines the preliminary strategy for preparing 
the NRC to license ATF designs. It also identifies the lead 
organization for each planned activity. The project plan does not cover 
existing licensing activities, as they follow existing processes for 
which schedules and regulatory approaches are well-established. Current 
preparation for ATF licensing is focused on light water reactor (LWR) 
fuel for the operating fleet. There may be synergies between the 
revolutionary LWR ATF fuel development and fuel safety qualification of 
some types of non-LWR fuels for advanced reactor designs. As 
appropriate, the NRC will leverage any synergies to optimize licensing 
efficiency and effectiveness.
    The NRC is issuing the plan for public comment to solicit feedback 
and insight from stakeholders to ensure that the plan will 
appropriately prepare the NRC to license and regulate the ATF designs 
the industry is currently pursuing on a schedule consistent with 
industry timelines.


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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 18th day of December 2017.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Mirela Gavrilas,
Director, Division of Safety Systems, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2017-27516 Filed 12-20-17; 8:45 am]
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