Interim Staff Guidance for Decommissioning Funding Plans for Materials Licensees, 37529-37530 [2018-16392]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 1, 2018 / Notices 9. The estimated number of hours needed annually to comply with the information collection requirement or request: 75 hours. 10. Abstract: The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 requires that agencies collect TINs from individuals who do business with the Government, including contractors and recipients of credit, licenses, permits, and benefits. The TIN will be used to process all electronic payments (refunds) made to licensees by electronic funds transfer by the Department of the Treasury. The Department of the Treasury will use the TIN to determine whether the refund can be used to administratively offset any delinquent debts reported to the Treasury by other government agencies. In addition, the TIN will be used to collect and report to the Department of the Treasury any delinquent indebtedness arising out of the licensee’s or applicant’s relationship with the NRC. III. Specific Requests for Comments The NRC is seeking comments that address the following questions: 1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility? 2. Is the estimate of the burden of the information collection accurate? 3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? 4. How can the burden of the information collection on respondents be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology? Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 26th day of July 2018. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. David Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–16401 Filed 7–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES [Docket Nos. 50–277 and 50–278; NRC– 2018–0130] Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: License renewal application; receipt. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received an SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:07 Jul 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 application for the subsequent license renewal of Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR–44 and DPR–56, which authorize Exelon Generation Company, LLC (the applicant) to operate Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3 (Peach Bottom). The renewed licenses would authorize the applicant to operate Peach Bottom for an additional 20 years beyond the period specified in each of the current renewed licenses. The current renewed operating licenses for Peach Bottom expire as follows: Unit 2 on August 8, 2033, and Unit 3 on July 2, 2034. DATES: The license renewal application referenced in this document was submitted on July 10, 2018. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2018–0130 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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0130. Address questions about NRC dockets to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301–287–9127; email: Jennifer.Borges@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/ 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. • 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: Bennett M. Brady, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– 2941, email: Bennett.Brady@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRC has received an application (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML18193A689) from Exelon Generation Company, LLC PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37529 (Exelon or the applicant), dated July 10, 2018, filed pursuant to Section 103 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and part 54 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, to renew the operating licenses for Peach Bottom. Renewal of the licenses would authorize the applicant to operate the facility for an additional 20-year period beyond the period specified in the respective current renewed operating licenses. The current renewed operating licenses for Peach Bottom expire as follows: Unit 2 on August 8, 2033, and Unit 3 on July 2, 2034. The Peach Bottom units are boiling water reactors located in Delta, PA, about 17.9 miles south of Lancaster, PA. The acceptability of the tendered application for docketing, and other matters, including an opportunity to request a hearing, will be the subject of subsequent Federal Register notices. A copy of the subsequent license renewal application for Peach Bottom is also available for inspection near the site at the Harford County Public Library: Whiteford Branch, 2407 Whiteford Rd, Whiteford, MD 21160. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 26th day of July 2018. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Emmanuel C. Sayoc, Acting Chief, License Renewal Projects Branch, Division of Materials and License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2018–16402 Filed 7–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2018–0159] Interim Staff Guidance for Decommissioning Funding Plans for Materials Licensees Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft interim staff guidance; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is soliciting public comment on its draft Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) on Decommissioning Funding Plans (DFP) for materials licensees. The purpose of this ISG is to provide the NRC staff and the industry with guidance based on recent developments and lessons learned in financial assurance since the last update to NUREG–1757, Vol. 3, Rev. 1, ‘‘Consolidated Decommissioning Guidance Financial Assurance, Recordkeeping, and Timeliness’’ (NUREG–1757, Vol. 3). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 37530 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 1, 2018 / Notices Submit comments by September 17, 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–2018–0159. Address questions about NRC dockets to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301–287–9127; email: Jennifer.Borges@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: TWFN–7– A60M, 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: Kenneth Kline, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–7075, email: Kenneth.Kline@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2018– 0159 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–2018–0159. • 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 ISG for Decommissioning Funding Plans for Materials Licensees is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML18163A087. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:07 Jul 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 • 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–2018– 0159 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 will post all comment submissions at http:// www.regulations.gov as well as enter 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 into ADAMS. II. Discussion Since 1988, NRC licensees have been required to provide decommissioning financial assurance. The NRC published its ‘‘Decommissioning Planning Rule’’ in the Federal Register on June 17, 2011 (76 FR 35512). The rule became effective on December 17, 2012. The rule’s purpose is to minimize the likelihood of new ‘‘legacy sites,’’ those sites owned or controlled by licensees with insufficient resources to complete decommissioning. Successful completion of decommissioning is a prerequisite to the NRC terminating the license. The NRC’s radioactive materials licensing regulations, part 30 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Rules of General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material’’; 10 CFR part 40, ‘‘Domestic Licensing of Source Material’’; and 10 CFR part 70, ‘‘Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear Material,’’ require NRC licensees to provide adequate financial assurance for all decommissioning activities.1 The NRC staff utilizes NUREG–1757, Vol. 3 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12048A683), as guidance to evaluate DFPs submitted by 1 The specific NRC regulations are 10 CFR 30.35, 10 CFR 40.36, and 10 CFR 70.25, each entitled ‘‘Financial Assurance and Recordkeeping for Decommissioning.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10 CFR parts 30, 40 and 70 licensees. The NRC’s Regulatory Guide (RG) 4.22, ‘‘Decommissioning Planning During Operations’’ (ADAMS Accession No. ML12158A361), provides guidance to licensees for use during licensed operations to minimize radiological contamination, including radiological subsurface contamination, and to properly retain survey results. For those licensees having or likely to have significant residual radioactivity, RG 4.22 provides guidance on arranging for sufficient funding to complete decommissioning, thereby allowing the NRC to terminate the license. The purpose of this ISG is to provide NRC staff and industry with guidance based on developments and lessons learned in financial assurance since the last update to NUREG–1757, Vol. 3. The ISG covers decommissioning cost estimates describing current facility conditions, evaluating events since the last DFP approval, and updates for certain financial instruments. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 26th day of July, 2018. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. John R. Tappert, Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2018–16392 Filed 7–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 70–7003; NRC–2018–0160] American Centrifuge Operating, LCC; Lead Cascade Facility Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an environmental assessment (EA) and a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) regarding a request from American Centrifuge Operating, LLC (ACO) for approval of its Decommissioning Plan. ACO is authorized to possess and use special nuclear material (SNM), source material, and byproduct material at its Lead Cascade Facility (LCF) in Piketon, Ohio under NRC License SNM–7003, issued in 2004. ACO’s Decommissioning Plan contains its proposed Release Criteria and the Final Status Survey design. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 148 (Wednesday, August 1, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 37529-37530]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2018-0159]


Interim Staff Guidance for Decommissioning Funding Plans for 
Materials Licensees

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft interim staff guidance; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is soliciting 
public comment on its draft Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) on 
Decommissioning Funding Plans (DFP) for materials licensees. The 
purpose of this ISG is to provide the NRC staff and the industry with 
guidance based on recent developments and lessons learned in financial 
assurance since the last update to NUREG-1757, Vol. 3, Rev. 1, 
``Consolidated Decommissioning Guidance Financial Assurance, 
Recordkeeping, and Timeliness'' (NUREG-1757, Vol. 3).

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DATES: Submit comments by September 17, 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-2018-0159. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301-287-
9127; 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: TWFN-7-A60M, 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: Kenneth Kline, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-7075, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2018-0159 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-2018-0159.
     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 
ISG for Decommissioning Funding Plans for Materials Licensees is 
available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML18163A087.
     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-2018-0159 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 will post all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enter 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 into ADAMS.

II. Discussion

    Since 1988, NRC licensees have been required to provide 
decommissioning financial assurance. The NRC published its 
``Decommissioning Planning Rule'' in the Federal Register on June 17, 
2011 (76 FR 35512). The rule became effective on December 17, 2012. The 
rule's purpose is to minimize the likelihood of new ``legacy sites,'' 
those sites owned or controlled by licensees with insufficient 
resources to complete decommissioning. Successful completion of 
decommissioning is a prerequisite to the NRC terminating the license.
    The NRC's radioactive materials licensing regulations, part 30 of 
Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Rules of 
General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material''; 10 
CFR part 40, ``Domestic Licensing of Source Material''; and 10 CFR part 
70, ``Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear Material,'' require NRC 
licensees to provide adequate financial assurance for all 
decommissioning activities.\1\ The NRC staff utilizes NUREG-1757, Vol. 
3 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12048A683), as guidance to evaluate DFPs 
submitted by 10 CFR parts 30, 40 and 70 licensees. The NRC's Regulatory 
Guide (RG) 4.22, ``Decommissioning Planning During Operations'' (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML12158A361), provides guidance to licensees for use 
during licensed operations to minimize radiological contamination, 
including radiological subsurface contamination, and to properly retain 
survey results. For those licensees having or likely to have 
significant residual radioactivity, RG 4.22 provides guidance on 
arranging for sufficient funding to complete decommissioning, thereby 
allowing the NRC to terminate the license.
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    \1\ The specific NRC regulations are 10 CFR 30.35, 10 CFR 40.36, 
and 10 CFR 70.25, each entitled ``Financial Assurance and 
Recordkeeping for Decommissioning.''
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    The purpose of this ISG is to provide NRC staff and industry with 
guidance based on developments and lessons learned in financial 
assurance since the last update to NUREG-1757, Vol. 3. The ISG covers 
decommissioning cost estimates describing current facility conditions, 
evaluating events since the last DFP approval, and updates for certain 
financial instruments.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 26th day of July, 2018.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

John R. Tappert,
Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste 
Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 2018-16392 Filed 7-31-18; 8:45 am]
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