Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Changes to Tier 2* Departure Evaluation Process, 54622-54623 [2018-23627]

Download as PDF 54622 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 210 / Tuesday, October 30, 2018 / Notices requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Members of the public may request to receive this information electronically. If you would like to be added to the distribution, please contact the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20555 (301– 415–1969), or you may email Patricia.Jimenez@nrc.gov or Wendy.Moore@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 25th day of October, 2018. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Denise L. McGovern, Policy Coordinator, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–23764 Filed 10–26–18; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P 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; Changes to Tier 2* Departure Evaluation Process Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption and combined license amendment; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an exemption for prior NRC approval of any departure from Tier 2* information or any departure from Tier 2 information that involves a change to or departure from Tier 2* information, provided that specified criteria are not met, and is issuing License Amendment Nos. 142 and 141 to Combined Licenses (COLs) NPF–91 and NPF–92, respectively. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., and Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, and the City of Dalton, Georgia (collectively SNC); 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 imposition of License Condition 2.D.13 asked for in the amendment request. 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 September 20, 2018. khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Oct 29, 2018 Jkt 247001 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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2008–0252. Address questions about NRC Docket IDs in Regulations.gov 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 ‘‘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 21, 2017, and available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML17355A416. • 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: Chandu Patel, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–3025; email: Chandu.Patel@ nrc.gov. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC is granting an exemption from paragraphs B.5.a, B.6.b, and B.6.c of section VIII, ‘‘Processes for Changes and Departures,’’ of Appendix D, of Part 52 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), and issuing License Amendment No. to COLs, NPF– 91 and NPF–92, to SNC. With the requested amendment, SNC sought proposed License Condition 2.D.13 and proposed changes that would revise the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report Tier 2 information. Part of the justification for granting the exemption was provided by the review of the amendment. Because the PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Sections 50.12 and 52.7 of 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. ML18207A262. Identical exemption documents (except for referenced unit numbers and license numbers) were issued to SNC 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. ML18235A031 and ML18235032, 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. ML18235A033 and ML18235A035, 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 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 21, 2017, as supplemented by letters dated April 6, May 11, June 18, August 3, August 10, and September 13, 2018, SNC requested from the Commission an exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 52, Appendix D, ‘‘Design Certification Rule for the AP1000 Design,’’ Section VIII, ‘‘Processes for Changes and Departures,’’ paragraphs VIII.B.5.a, VIII.B.6.b, and VIII.B.6.c, for prior NRC approval of any departure from Tier 2* information or any departure from Tier 2 information that involves a change to or departure from Tier 2* information, provided that specified criteria are not met. SNC specified the criteria in a new license condition in license amendment request (LAR) 17–037, ‘‘Changes to the Tier 2* Departure Evaluation Process,’’ which SNC submitted together with the exemption request. The proposed license condition would allow SNC to apply the change process for Tier 2 information in 10 CFR part 52, Appendix D, Section VIII.B.5, to a E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 210 / Tuesday, October 30, 2018 / Notices khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES proposed departure from Tier 2* information in the UFSAR (which includes the plant-specific design certification document (DCD), provided the criteria in the new condition are not met. For the reasons set forth in Section 3.2 of the NRC staff’s Safety Evaluation, which can be found at ADAMS Accession No. ML18207A262, 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; 2. Accordingly, SNC is granted an exemption from the requirements to obtain prior NRC approval for any departure from Tier 2* information and an exemption from the requirement to obtain prior NRC approval for any departure from Tier 2 information that involves a change to or departure from Tier 2* information, as described in the licensee’s request dated December 21, 2017, as supplemented by letters dated April 6, May 11, June 18, August 3, August 10, and September 13, 2018, provided that each of the criteria in License Condition 2.D.(13)(a) is not met for each such departure. These exemptions are related to, and necessary for the granting of License Amendment No. 142, 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. ML18207A262), 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 21, 2017 (ADAMS Accession No. ML17355A416), SNC 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 Comission 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Oct 29, 2018 Jkt 247001 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 February 13, 2018 (83 FR 6234). Public comments were received during the 30-day comment period. The staff’s responses to the comments appear in Section 5.0 of the Safety Evaluation. 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 SNC requested on September 20, 2018. The exemption and amendment were issued on September 20, 2018, as part of a combined package to the licensee (ADAMS Accession No. ML18235A029). Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 25th day of October 2018. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Jennifer L. Dixon-Herrity, Chief, Licensing Branch 4, Division of Licensing, Siting, and Environmental Analysis, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. 2018–23627 Filed 10–29–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Revised 658th Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) In accordance with the purposes of Sections 29 and 182b of the Atomic Energy Act (42 U.S.C. 2039, 2232b), the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) will hold meetings on November 1–3, 2018, Three White Flint North, 11601 Landsdown Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Thursday, November 1, 2018, Conference Room 1C3 & 1C5, Three White Flint North, 11601 Landsdown Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852 8:30 a.m.–8:35 a.m.: Opening Remarks by the ACRS Chairman PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54623 (Open)—The ACRS Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of the meeting. 8:35 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: Waterford Steam Electric Station, Unit 3 License Renewal Application (Open)—The Committee will have briefings by and discussion with representatives of the NRC staff and Entergy regarding the safety evaluation associated with the subject license renewal application. 10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.: River Bend Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 1 License Renewal Application (Open)— The Committee will have briefings by and discussion with representatives of the NRC staff and Entergy regarding the safety evaluation associated with the subject license renewal application. 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.: Preparation for Meeting with Commission (Open)—The Committee will prepare for the upcoming meeting with the Commission in December. 3 p.m.–6 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports. Friday, November 2, 2018, Conference Room 1C3 & 1C5, Three White Flint North, 11601 Landsdown Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.: Future ACRS Activities/Report of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee and Reconciliation of ACRS Comments and Recommendations (Open/Closed)—The Committee will hear discussion of the recommendations of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee regarding items proposed for consideration by the Full Committee during future ACRS meetings. [Note: A portion of this meeting may be closed pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b (c)(2) and (6) to discuss organizational and personnel matters that relate solely to internal personnel rules and practices of the ACRS, and information the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy]. 10:15 a.m.–12 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports. 1 p.m.–6 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports and retreat items. Saturday, November 3, 2018, Conference Room 1C3 & 1C5, Three White Flint North, 11601 Landsdown Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852 8:30 p.m.–12 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports and retreat items. E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 210 (Tuesday, October 30, 2018)]
[Notices]
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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; Changes to Tier 2* Departure 
Evaluation Process

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 for prior NRC approval of any departure from Tier 2* 
information or any departure from Tier 2 information that involves a 
change to or departure from Tier 2* information, provided that 
specified criteria are not met, and is issuing License Amendment Nos. 
142 and 141 to Combined Licenses (COLs) NPF-91 and NPF-92, 
respectively. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating 
Company, Inc., and Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, 
MEAG Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, and 
the City of Dalton, Georgia (collectively SNC); 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 imposition of License 
Condition 2.D.13 asked for in the amendment request. 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 September 20, 2018.

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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2008-0252. Address 
questions about NRC Docket IDs in Regulations.gov 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.
     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 ``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 21, 
2017, and available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML17355A416.
     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: Chandu Patel, Office of New Reactors, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; 
telephone: 301-415-3025; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Introduction

    The NRC is granting an exemption from paragraphs B.5.a, B.6.b, and 
B.6.c of section VIII, ``Processes for Changes and Departures,'' of 
Appendix D, of Part 52 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(10 CFR), and issuing License Amendment No. to COLs, NPF-91 and NPF-92, 
to SNC. With the requested amendment, SNC sought proposed License 
Condition 2.D.13 and proposed changes that would revise the Updated 
Final Safety Analysis Report Tier 2 information.
    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 Sections 50.12 and 52.7 of 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. ML18207A262.
    Identical exemption documents (except for referenced unit numbers 
and license numbers) were issued to SNC 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. ML18235A031 and ML18235032, 
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. ML18235A033 and ML18235A035, 
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 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 21, 2017, as supplemented by letters 
dated April 6, May 11, June 18, August 3, August 10, and September 13, 
2018, SNC requested from the Commission an exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 52, Appendix D, ``Design Certification Rule 
for the AP1000 Design,'' Section VIII, ``Processes for Changes and 
Departures,'' paragraphs VIII.B.5.a, VIII.B.6.b, and VIII.B.6.c, for 
prior NRC approval of any departure from Tier 2* information or any 
departure from Tier 2 information that involves a change to or 
departure from Tier 2* information, provided that specified criteria 
are not met. SNC specified the criteria in a new license condition in 
license amendment request (LAR) 17-037, ``Changes to the Tier 2* 
Departure Evaluation Process,'' which SNC submitted together with the 
exemption request. The proposed license condition would allow SNC to 
apply the change process for Tier 2 information in 10 CFR part 52, 
Appendix D, Section VIII.B.5, to a

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proposed departure from Tier 2* information in the UFSAR (which 
includes the plant-specific design certification document (DCD), 
provided the criteria in the new condition are not met. For the reasons 
set forth in Section 3.2 of the NRC staff's Safety Evaluation, which 
can be found at ADAMS Accession No. ML18207A262, 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;
    2. Accordingly, SNC is granted an exemption from the requirements 
to obtain prior NRC approval for any departure from Tier 2* information 
and an exemption from the requirement to obtain prior NRC approval for 
any departure from Tier 2 information that involves a change to or 
departure from Tier 2* information, as described in the licensee's 
request dated December 21, 2017, as supplemented by letters dated April 
6, May 11, June 18, August 3, August 10, and September 13, 2018, 
provided that each of the criteria in License Condition 2.D.(13)(a) is 
not met for each such departure. These exemptions are related to, and 
necessary for the granting of License Amendment No. 142, 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. ML18207A262), 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 21, 2017 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML17355A416), SNC 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 Comission 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 
February 13, 2018 (83 FR 6234). Public comments were received during 
the 30-day comment period. The staff's responses to the comments appear 
in Section 5.0 of the Safety Evaluation.
    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 SNC requested 
on September 20, 2018. The exemption and amendment were issued on 
September 20, 2018, as part of a combined package to the licensee 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML18235A029).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 25th day of October 2018.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Jennifer L. Dixon-Herrity,
Chief, Licensing Branch 4, Division of Licensing, Siting, and 
Environmental Analysis, Office of New Reactors.
[FR Doc. 2018-23627 Filed 10-29-18; 8:45 am]
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