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Download as PDF ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 246 / Tuesday, December 26, 2017 / Notices simply provided conclusory statements supporting its position. NRC response. The NRC disagrees with this comment. The EA appropriately considered all withdrawals from the decommissioning trust that would be permissible under the NRC’s regulations and under the exemptions. Specifically, the EA considered withdrawals for decommissioning expenses, which are permitted by the NRC’s regulations, and withdrawals for spent fuel management expenses, which are permitted by the exemptions. The EA did not consider withdrawals for any nondecommissioning expenses beyond spent fuel management expenses, because such withdrawals are prohibited by the NRC’s regulations and are not allowed by the exemptions. In addition, this scope of the EA is appropriate because the NRC staff reviews the status of decommissioning funds annually during decommissioning to ensure that adequate funds for decommissioning are available and that withdrawals from the decommissioning fund are for approved purposes. Finally, the cumulative impacts of decommissioning were considered in the Decommissioning GEIS. Therefore, the EA’s consideration of impacts was appropriate. Petitioners comment 1.d. The EA fails to consider reasonable alternatives. The only alternative that the NRC staff evaluated was denying Entergy’s exemption request. The NRC staff failed to evaluate other alternatives, such as granting conditional approval. NRC response. The NRC disagrees that the EA fails to consider reasonable alternatives. The exemptions at issue here allow Entergy to use funds from the Trust for the non-decommissioning expense of irradiated fuel management activities. This EA evaluates denying the exemption request as a reasonable alternative to the action of granting the exemption request. Consistent with the NRC’s regulations, imposing conditions on a licensee is typically done through the license amendment process and not through the exemption process; therefore, the NRC disagrees that it should have also evaluated as a reasonable alternative granting conditional approval of the exemption request. Petitioners comment 2. The publication of the EA after the relevant decision has already been made does not comply with NEPA’s requirement that the analysis occur before a decision is made. The NRC approved the exemption request on June 23, 2015, but published the draft EA and FONSI for comment on March 8, 2017. The NRC VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 staff relies on the Decommissioning Financial Status Report from March 30, 2015 to support the EA, when it had a more recent report from March 30, 2016. NRC response. The NRC disagrees with this comment. In CLI–16–17, the Commission directed the NRC staff ‘‘to conduct an environmental assessment to examine the environmental impacts, if any, associated with the exemption.’’ Although the Commission declined to reverse the staff’s approval of the exemption request, it specified that if the staff’s environmental review ‘‘results in a determination of significant impacts, the Staff should promptly notify [the Commission] and, at that time, [the Commission] may reconsider whether the exemption should be stayed or vacated.’’ The March 30, 2015 Decommissioning Financial Status Report (ADAMS Accession No. ML15092A141) was not needed to support the EA and neither was the more recent report from March 30, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML16090A355). The supporting analysis of the adequacy of the Trust to provide reasonable assurance of adequate funding to complete all NRC required decommissioning activities and to conduct irradiated fuel management is described in the June 23, 2015 Federal Register Notice of the issuance of the exemptions. III. Finding of No Significant Impact Entergy proposed exemptions from 10 CFR 50.82(a)(8)(i)(A) and 50.75(h)(1)(iv) to allow the licensee to use funds from the Trust for irradiated fuel management activities. The NRC granted the exemptions on June 23, 2015. Consistent with 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC conducted the EA for the exemptions included in Section II of this document and incorporated by reference into this finding. On the basis of this EA, the NRC concludes that the exemptions did not, and will not, have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined not to prepare an EIS for the action. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 19th day of December 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Bruce Watson, Chief, Reactor Decommissioning Branch, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2017–27682 Filed 12–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61043 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2017–0237] Criteria for Accident Monitoring Instrumentation for Nuclear Power Plants Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG–1335, ‘‘Criteria for Accident Monitoring Instrumentation for Nuclear Power Plants.’’ The DG–1335 is proposed revision 5 of regulatory guide (RG) 1.97, (same title), last revised in June 2006 (Revision 4). This guide describes an approach that is acceptable to the staff of the NRC to meet regulatory requirements for instrumentation to monitor accidents in nuclear power plants. It endorses, with clarifications, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard (Std.) 497–2016, ‘‘IEEE Standard Criteria for Accident Monitoring Instrumentation for Nuclear Power Generating Stations.’’ DATES: Submit comments by February 26, 2018. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time. 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–2017–0237. 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. • Mail comments to: May Ma, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN– 12H08, 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. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 61044 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 246 / Tuesday, December 26, 2017 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pong Chung, telephone: 301–415–2363, email: Pong.Chung@nrc.gov; and Stephen Burton, telephone: 301–415– 7000, email: Stephen.Burton@nrc.gov. Both are staff members of the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2017– 0237 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this action. You may obtain publicallyavailable 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–2017–0237. • 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 DG is electronically available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML17083A134. The regulatory analysis for this DG is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML17083A133. • 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. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2017– 0237 in the subject line of your comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make your comment submission available to the public in this docket. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 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. Additional Information The NRC is issuing for public comment a DG in the NRC’s ‘‘Regulatory Guide’’ series. This series was developed to describe and make available to the public information regarding methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the NRC’s regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating specific issues or postulated events, and data that the staff needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses. The DG, entitled ‘‘Criteria for Accident Monitoring Instrumentation for Nuclear Power Plants,’’ is proposed revision 5 to RG 1.97. The proposed revised RG is temporarily identified by its task number, DG–1335. The DG provides a more technology-neutral approach and brings the regulatory guide more in line with related international standards. This revision introduces a new set of variables for parameters that may be monitored when following severe accident management guidelines. The NRC staff determined that RG 1.97 should be revised to endorse the 2016 version of IEEE Std. 497, with certain exceptions and clarifications, and to make additional clarifying changes to support new reactor license applications, design certifications, and applications for license amendments. Revising RG 1.97 to endorse the current version of the IEEE consensus standard is in accordance with Section 12(a)(2) of Public Law 104–113, ‘‘National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995,’’ (codified at 15 U.S.C. 272(b)(3)) and is consistent with the NRC policy of evaluating the latest versions of national consensus standards to determine their suitability for endorsement by regulatory guides. This revision also will comply with the NRC’s Management Directive (MD) 6.5, ‘‘NRC Participation in the Development and Use of Consensus Standards’’ (ADAMS Accession No. ML16193A497). Copies of IEEE documents may be purchased from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Service Center, 445 Hoes Lane, PO Box PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855 or through the IEEE’s public website at http:// www.ieee.org/publications_standards/ index.html. III. Backfitting and Issue Finality Draft regulatory guide DG–1335, if finalized as revision 5 to RG 1.97, would endorse, with certain exceptions and clarifications, the 2016 revision of IEEE Std. 497, which contains a more technology-neutral approach and brings current guidance more in line with related international standards. This revision introduces a new set of variables for parameters that may be monitored when following severe accident management guidelines. Applicants and licensees may voluntarily use the guidance in DG– 1335, if finalized as revision 5 to RG 1.97, to demonstrate compliance with the underlying NRC regulations. Current licensees may continue to use guidance the NRC found previously acceptable for complying with the identified regulations as long as their current licensing basis remains unchanged. As such, this draft regulatory guide, if finalized, would not constitute backfitting as defined in 10 CFR 50.109 (the Backfit Rule) and is not otherwise inconsistent with the issue finality provisions in 10 CFR part 52, ‘‘Licenses, Certifications and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants.’’ Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 19th day of December 2017. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Thomas H. Boyce, Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2017–27661 Filed 12–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2017-0237]


Criteria for Accident Monitoring Instrumentation for Nuclear 
Power Plants

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for 
public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1335, ``Criteria for 
Accident Monitoring Instrumentation for Nuclear Power Plants.'' The DG-
1335 is proposed revision 5 of regulatory guide (RG) 1.97, (same 
title), last revised in June 2006 (Revision 4). This guide describes an 
approach that is acceptable to the staff of the NRC to meet regulatory 
requirements for instrumentation to monitor accidents in nuclear power 
plants. It endorses, with clarifications, the Institute of Electrical 
and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard (Std.) 497-2016, ``IEEE 
Standard Criteria for Accident Monitoring Instrumentation for Nuclear 
Power Generating Stations.''

DATES: Submit comments by February 26, 2018. Comments received after 
this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in 
connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed 
or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time.

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-2017-0237. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: [email protected]. For technical questions, contact 
the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     Mail comments to: May Ma, Office of Administration, Mail 
Stop: OWFN-12H08, 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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pong Chung, telephone: 301-415-2363, 
email: [email protected]; and Stephen Burton, telephone: 301-415-7000, 
email: [email protected]. Both are staff members of the Office of 
Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2017-0237 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this action. You may 
obtain publically-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-2017-0237.
     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 
DG is electronically available in ADAMS under Accession No. 
ML17083A134. The regulatory analysis for this DG is available in ADAMS 
under Accession No. ML17083A133.
     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-2017-0237 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make 
your comment submission available to the public in this docket.
    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. Additional Information

    The NRC is issuing for public comment a DG in the NRC's 
``Regulatory Guide'' series. This series was developed to describe and 
make available to the public information regarding methods that are 
acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the 
NRC's regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating 
specific issues or postulated events, and data that the staff needs in 
its review of applications for permits and licenses.
    The DG, entitled ``Criteria for Accident Monitoring Instrumentation 
for Nuclear Power Plants,'' is proposed revision 5 to RG 1.97. The 
proposed revised RG is temporarily identified by its task number, DG-
1335. The DG provides a more technology-neutral approach and brings the 
regulatory guide more in line with related international standards. 
This revision introduces a new set of variables for parameters that may 
be monitored when following severe accident management guidelines. The 
NRC staff determined that RG 1.97 should be revised to endorse the 2016 
version of IEEE Std. 497, with certain exceptions and clarifications, 
and to make additional clarifying changes to support new reactor 
license applications, design certifications, and applications for 
license amendments.
    Revising RG 1.97 to endorse the current version of the IEEE 
consensus standard is in accordance with Section 12(a)(2) of Public Law 
104-113, ``National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995,'' 
(codified at 15 U.S.C. 272(b)(3)) and is consistent with the NRC policy 
of evaluating the latest versions of national consensus standards to 
determine their suitability for endorsement by regulatory guides. This 
revision also will comply with the NRC's Management Directive (MD) 6.5, 
``NRC Participation in the Development and Use of Consensus Standards'' 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML16193A497).
    Copies of IEEE documents may be purchased from the Institute of 
Electrical and Electronics Engineers Service Center, 445 Hoes Lane, PO 
Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855 or through the IEEE's public website at 
http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/index.html.

III. Backfitting and Issue Finality

    Draft regulatory guide DG-1335, if finalized as revision 5 to RG 
1.97, would endorse, with certain exceptions and clarifications, the 
2016 revision of IEEE Std. 497, which contains a more technology-
neutral approach and brings current guidance more in line with related 
international standards. This revision introduces a new set of 
variables for parameters that may be monitored when following severe 
accident management guidelines. Applicants and licensees may 
voluntarily use the guidance in DG-1335, if finalized as revision 5 to 
RG 1.97, to demonstrate compliance with the underlying NRC regulations. 
Current licensees may continue to use guidance the NRC found previously 
acceptable for complying with the identified regulations as long as 
their current licensing basis remains unchanged. As such, this draft 
regulatory guide, if finalized, would not constitute backfitting as 
defined in 10 CFR 50.109 (the Backfit Rule) and is not otherwise 
inconsistent with the issue finality provisions in 10 CFR part 52, 
``Licenses, Certifications and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants.''

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 19th day of December 2017.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas H. Boyce,
Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
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