Virginia Electric and Power Company; Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2, 23380-23382 [2020-08847]

Download as PDF 23380 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 81 / Monday, April 27, 2020 / Notices NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50–280 and 50–281; NRC– 2020–0099] Virginia Electric and Power Company; Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2 Attachment—Exemption 10 CFR 73, Appendix B, Section VI.C.2., Subsections (a) and (b) Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an exemption in response to an April 6, 2020, request from the Virginia Electric and Power Company to temporarily suspend the requirement for on-the-job training to allow certain security training personnel to re-qualify for assigned duties and responsibilities as an Armed Responder for the Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2. DATES: The exemption was issued on April 9, 2020. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2020–0099. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2020–0099. Address questions about NRC dockets 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 https://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 exemption request dated April 6, 2020, contains security-related information and is accordingly withheld from public disclosure under 10 CFR 2.390. NRC staff’s approval is available in ADAMS under Package Accession No. ML20098E802. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shawn A. Williams, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– 1009, email: Shawn.Williams@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The text of the exemption is attached. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Apr 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 Dated: April 22, 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Shawn A. Williams, Senior Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch II–1 Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Docket Nos. 50–280, and 50–281 Virginia Electric and Power Company, Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2 Exemption I. Background Virginia Electric and Power Company (the licensee) is the holder of the Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR–32 and DPR–37 for Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2 (Surry), which consists of two pressurized-water reactors (PWRs) located in Surry County, Virginia. The licenses provide, among other things, that the facilities are subject to all the rules, regulations, and orders of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, Commission) now or hereafter in effect. II. Request/Action By letter dated, April 6, 2020, (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML20099B303, withheld from public disclosure) the licensee requested an exemption from Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), Part 73, Appendix B, Section VI, ‘‘Nuclear Power Reactor Training and Qualification Plan for Personnel Performing Security Program Duties,’’ subsections C.2(a) and (b), pursuant to 10 CFR 73.5, ‘‘Specific exemptions.’’ Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) pandemic currently affecting the United States and the state of emergency declared by the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 12, 2020, the licensee is requesting an exemption from these subsections to temporarily suspend the requirement for 40 hours of on-the-job training (OJT) to allow the following security training personnel positions located at Surry and Innsbrook Technical Center (Dominion Energy corporate) to re-qualify for assigned duties and responsibilities as an Armed Responder at Surry: Supervisor Nuclear Security Training, Nuclear Security Trainer, Associated Nuclear Security Trainer/Armorer, and Nuclear Security Training Specialist (hereafter Security Training Staff). The exemption would apply to sequestered Security Training Staff used to support PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the licensee’s security pandemic response team (PRT) that may be relied upon to augment and maintain the required minimum security staffing levels at Surry, if needed. These Security Training Staff would then become part of the PRT as Armed Responders. III. Discussion Pursuant to 10 CFR 73.5, the Commission may, upon application by any interested person or upon its own initiative, grant exemptions from the requirements of 10 CFR part 73 when the exemptions are authorized by law, will not endanger life or property or the common defense and security, and are otherwise in the public interest. The licensee requests to temporarily suspend requirements in Appendix B to Part 73, Section VI, subsections C.2(a) and C.2(b) related to OJT to allow Security Training Staff at Surry and Dominion Energy corporate to re-qualify for assigned duties and responsibilities as an Armed Responder. Section VI.C.2(a) and (b) requires, in part, that Armed Responders shall complete a minimum of 40 hours of OJT prior to assignment to demonstrate their ability to effectively apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively perform assigned duties and responsibilities. The underlying purpose of these requirements are to ensure that the individuals can perform their duties in accordance with the licensee’s approved security plans. A. The Exemption Is Authorized By Law The licensee is proposing that certain Security Training Staff positions be exempt from the requirement to complete a minimum of 40 hours of OJT for the purpose of re-qualifying for assigned duties and responsibilities as an Armed Responder at Surry. The NRC staff examined the licensee’s rationale that supports the exemption request. The licensee stated that the Security Training Staff are subject matter experts in security and currently train individuals to perform security duties and implement the response strategy and are on-the-job qualified evaluators. The licensee indicated that the current Security Training Staff at Surry and Dominion Energy corporate were each at one time qualified, at a minimum, as an Armed Responder, which means they have already completed 40 hours of OJT or have been part of the training staff since before inception of the 40-hour OJT requirement. These Security Training Staff re-qualifying as Armed Responders will be required to comply with the other applicable regulatory E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 81 / Monday, April 27, 2020 / Notices lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES requirements for training and qualification. The licensee relies on the expertise of the Security Training Staff to inform security processes, firearms-related activities, and force-on-force activities. The licensee attests that the Security Training Staff provides status updates on Surry processes and procedures, lesson plans, and dynamic learning activities, and that they continually perform activities associated with Surry’s protective strategy and adjustments, terminology, or changes associated to the strategy. Additionally, the licensee indicated it requalified the Security Training Staff on the critical tasks of an Armed Responder in the Critical Task Matrix specified in the combined Millstone, North Anna and Surry Power Stations’ Security Plan, Training and Qualification Plan, Safeguards Contingency Plan, and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Security Program. In accordance with 10 CFR 73.5, the Commission may grant exemptions from the regulations in 10 CFR part 73, as authorized by law. The NRC staff finds that granting the licensee’s proposed exemption will not result in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or other laws, and is, thus, authorized by law. B. The Exemption Will Not Endanger Life or Property or the Common Defense and Security The licensee stated that: ‘‘Requalifying Security Training Staff as Armed Responders increases the margin to maintain minimum staffing. Security Training Staff are considered subject matter experts in each of the fields they instruct. At [Surry] qualified trainers are certified to instruct all regulatory related items in 10 CFR 73 Appendix B. They have expert level knowledge of the protective strategy, security procedures, and target sets.’’ The licensee requested that this exemption expire 90 days following the lifting of the state of emergency declared by the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 12, 2020. The NRC staff finds that the requested exemption will continue to allow the licensee to maintain the required security posture as the licensee will have the ability to re-qualify Security Training Staff as Armed Responders to ensure that minimum security staffing will be maintained. In addition, granting this exemption for no longer than 90 days following the lifting of the state of emergency declared by the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 12, 2020, the jurisdiction in which this facility is located, would allow for the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Apr 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 licensee to restore normal security staffing in a systematic manner. For example, it may take time after the state of emergency is lifted for COVID–19affected security personnel to fully recover and return to work. The licensee may also need the Security Training Staff to remain on shift until it completes range activities or annual requalifications (e.g., firearms familiarization or qualification, use of force, etc.) for some regular members of the security force that may be due for such training. Based on the above, the NRC staff concludes that the proposed exemption would not endanger life or property or the common defense and security. C. Otherwise in the Public Interest On March 28, 2020, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published Version 2.0 of its ‘‘Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID–19 Response’’ (https://www.cisa.gov/ publication/guidance-essential-criticalinfrastructure-workforce). Although that guidance is advisory in nature, it is designed to ensure ‘‘continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.’’ DHS and CISA recommend the Energy Sector, including nuclear power reactor facilities, workers and functions, continue to operate during the COVID–19 public health emergency. The licensee states, in part, that, ‘‘Maintaining SPS [Surry] in operation and secure during the pandemic will help to support the public need for reliable electricity supply to cope with the pandemic. If the plant is forced to shut down because it cannot comply with minimum staffing requirements, the area electrical grid would lose this reliable source of baseload power. In addition, SPS [Surry] personnel would face the added transient challenge of shutting down the plant and possibly not restarting it until the pandemic passes. This does not serve the public interest in maintaining a safe and reliable supply of electricity. In addition, maintaining the necessary security staff onsite promotes the safety and security of the plant, and, as a result, promotes the health, safety and security of the public as well.’’ Additionally, the licensee stated that, ‘‘There would be an increased risk of exposure to the coronavirus if these individuals [the Security Training Staff] were required to complete the 40-hour on-shift OJT requirement. Placing these individuals on-shift and rotating them PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23381 through multiple security posts to complete the 40-hour OJT requirement would require interaction with multiple people, thus increasing the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.’’ Based on the above and the NRC staff’s aforementioned findings, the NRC staff concludes that the exemption is in the public interest because it allows the licensee to maintain the required security posture at Surry while the facility continues to provide electrical power. The exemption also enables the licensee to minimize the risk of exposing essential security personnel to the coronavirus during the COVID–19 public health emergency. D. Environmental Considerations The NRC staff’s approval of this exemption request is categorically excluded under 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(vi)(E), and there are no special circumstances present that would preclude reliance on this exclusion. The NRC staff determined that this action applies to granting of an exemption from requirements relating to education, training, experience, qualification, requalification, or other employment suitability requirements. The NRC staff have determined that approval of this exemption request involves no significant hazards consideration; no significant change in the types or significant increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite; no significant increase in individual or cumulative public or occupational radiation exposure; no significant construction impact; and no significant increase in the potential for or consequences from radiological accidents. In addition, the NRC staff has determined that there would be no significant impacts to biota, water resources, historic properties, cultural resources, or socioeconomic conditions in the region. As such, there are no extraordinary circumstances present that would preclude reliance on this categorical exclusion. Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment need be prepared in connection with the approval of this exemption request. IV. Conclusions Accordingly, the Commission has determined that pursuant to 10 CFR part 73.5 the exemption is authorized by law, will not endanger life or property or the common defense and security, and are otherwise in the public interest. Therefore, the Commission hereby grants the licensee an exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 73, Appendix B, Section VI, Subsection E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 23382 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 81 / Monday, April 27, 2020 / Notices C.2(a) and C.2(b), for Surry for those individuals occupying the identified positions on the Security Training Staff as of April 9, 2020. This exemption would not be applicable to any subsequent requalification. This exemption expires no later than 90 days following the lifting of the state of emergency declared by the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 12, 2020. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 9th day of April 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Craig Erlanger, Director, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2020–08847 Filed 4–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 72–1051; NRC–2018–0052] Holtec International HI–STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Project Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft environmental impact statement; extension of comment period. AGENCY: I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued for public comment a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Holtec International’s (Holtec’s) application to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and Greater-Than Class C (GTCC) waste, along with a small quantity of mixed oxide fuel. The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on May 22, 2020. Given recent events associated with the COVID–19 public health emergency, the NRC has decided to extend the public comment period to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments. SUMMARY: The due date of comments requested in the document published on March 20, 2020 (85 FR 16150) is extended. Comments should be filed no later than July 22, 2020. 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 on or before this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Apr 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0052. Address questions about NRC Docket IDs 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: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. • Email comments to: HoltecCISFEIS@nrc.gov. 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: Jill Caverly, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– 7674; email: Jill.Caverly@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2018– 0052 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this action by the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0052. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://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 draft EIS for the Holtec nternational HI–STORE CISF project is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML20069G420. • Project web page: Information related to the Holtec HI–STORE CISF project can be accessed on the NRC’s Holtec HI–STORE CISF web page at https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuelstorage/cis/holtec-international.html. • Public Libraries: A copy of the draft EIS can be accessed at the following PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 public libraries (library access and hours are determined by local policy): • Carlsbad Public Library, 101 S. Halagueno Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220 • Hobbs Public Library, 509 N Shipp St., Hobbs, NM 88240 • Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania, Roswell, NM 88201 B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2018– 0052 in your comment submission. Written comments may be submitted during the draft EIS comment period as described in the ADDRESSES SECTION of the document. 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 https:// www.regulations.gov and enters all 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 because the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. II. Discussion On March 20, 2020, the NRC issued for public comment a draft EIS for Holtec’s application to construct and operate a CISF for SNF and GTCC waste. The draft EIS for Holtec’s license application includes the preliminary analysis that evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. After comparing the impacts of the proposed action (Phase 1) to the NoAction alternative, the NRC staff, in accordance with the requirements in part 51 of title 10 of the Codes of Federal Regulations, recommends the proposed action (Phase 1), which is the issuance of an NRC license for 40 years to Holtec to construct and operate a CISF for SNF at the proposed location. In addition, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff recommends the issuance of a permit to construct and operate the rail spur. This recommendation is based on (i) the license application, which includes an environmental report and supplemental documents, and Holtec’s responses to the NRC staff’s requests for additional E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket Nos. 50-280 and 50-281; NRC-2020-0099]


Virginia Electric and Power Company; Surry Power Station, Units 1 
and 2

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Exemption; issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an 
exemption in response to an April 6, 2020, request from the Virginia 
Electric and Power Company to temporarily suspend the requirement for 
on-the-job training to allow certain security training personnel to re-
qualify for assigned duties and responsibilities as an Armed Responder 
for the Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2.

DATES: The exemption was issued on April 9, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2020-0099. You may obtain 
publicly-available information related to this document using any of 
the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2020-0099. Address 
questions about NRC dockets 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 https://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 exemption request dated April 6, 2020, contains security-
related information and is accordingly withheld from public disclosure 
under 10 CFR 2.390. NRC staff's approval is available in ADAMS under 
Package Accession No. ML20098E802.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shawn A. Williams, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-1009, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The text of the exemption is attached.

    Dated: April 22, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Shawn A. Williams,
Senior Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch II-1 Division of 
Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.

Attachment--Exemption 10 CFR 73, Appendix B, Section VI.C.2., 
Subsections (a) and (b)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Docket Nos. 50-280, and 50-281

Virginia Electric and Power Company, Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2 
Exemption

I. Background

    Virginia Electric and Power Company (the licensee) is the holder of 
the Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-32 and DPR-37 for Surry 
Power Station, Units 1 and 2 (Surry), which consists of two 
pressurized-water reactors (PWRs) located in Surry County, Virginia. 
The licenses provide, among other things, that the facilities are 
subject to all the rules, regulations, and orders of the U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission (NRC, Commission) now or hereafter in effect.

II. Request/Action

    By letter dated, April 6, 2020, (Agencywide Documents Access and 
Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML20099B303, withheld from 
public disclosure) the licensee requested an exemption from Title 10 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), Part 73, Appendix B, Section 
VI, ``Nuclear Power Reactor Training and Qualification Plan for 
Personnel Performing Security Program Duties,'' subsections C.2(a) and 
(b), pursuant to 10 CFR 73.5, ``Specific exemptions.'' Due to the 
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic currently affecting the 
United States and the state of emergency declared by the Commonwealth 
of Virginia on March 12, 2020, the licensee is requesting an exemption 
from these subsections to temporarily suspend the requirement for 40 
hours of on-the-job training (OJT) to allow the following security 
training personnel positions located at Surry and Innsbrook Technical 
Center (Dominion Energy corporate) to re-qualify for assigned duties 
and responsibilities as an Armed Responder at Surry: Supervisor Nuclear 
Security Training, Nuclear Security Trainer, Associated Nuclear 
Security Trainer/Armorer, and Nuclear Security Training Specialist 
(hereafter Security Training Staff). The exemption would apply to 
sequestered Security Training Staff used to support the licensee's 
security pandemic response team (PRT) that may be relied upon to 
augment and maintain the required minimum security staffing levels at 
Surry, if needed. These Security Training Staff would then become part 
of the PRT as Armed Responders.

III. Discussion

    Pursuant to 10 CFR 73.5, the Commission may, upon application by 
any interested person or upon its own initiative, grant exemptions from 
the requirements of 10 CFR part 73 when the exemptions are authorized 
by law, will not endanger life or property or the common defense and 
security, and are otherwise in the public interest.
    The licensee requests to temporarily suspend requirements in 
Appendix B to Part 73, Section VI, subsections C.2(a) and C.2(b) 
related to OJT to allow Security Training Staff at Surry and Dominion 
Energy corporate to re-qualify for assigned duties and responsibilities 
as an Armed Responder. Section VI.C.2(a) and (b) requires, in part, 
that Armed Responders shall complete a minimum of 40 hours of OJT prior 
to assignment to demonstrate their ability to effectively apply the 
knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively perform 
assigned duties and responsibilities. The underlying purpose of these 
requirements are to ensure that the individuals can perform their 
duties in accordance with the licensee's approved security plans.

A. The Exemption Is Authorized By Law

    The licensee is proposing that certain Security Training Staff 
positions be exempt from the requirement to complete a minimum of 40 
hours of OJT for the purpose of re-qualifying for assigned duties and 
responsibilities as an Armed Responder at Surry. The NRC staff examined 
the licensee's rationale that supports the exemption request.
    The licensee stated that the Security Training Staff are subject 
matter experts in security and currently train individuals to perform 
security duties and implement the response strategy and are on-the-job 
qualified evaluators. The licensee indicated that the current Security 
Training Staff at Surry and Dominion Energy corporate were each at one 
time qualified, at a minimum, as an Armed Responder, which means they 
have already completed 40 hours of OJT or have been part of the 
training staff since before inception of the 40-hour OJT requirement. 
These Security Training Staff re-qualifying as Armed Responders will be 
required to comply with the other applicable regulatory

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requirements for training and qualification.
    The licensee relies on the expertise of the Security Training Staff 
to inform security processes, firearms-related activities, and force-
on-force activities. The licensee attests that the Security Training 
Staff provides status updates on Surry processes and procedures, lesson 
plans, and dynamic learning activities, and that they continually 
perform activities associated with Surry's protective strategy and 
adjustments, terminology, or changes associated to the strategy. 
Additionally, the licensee indicated it requalified the Security 
Training Staff on the critical tasks of an Armed Responder in the 
Critical Task Matrix specified in the combined Millstone, North Anna 
and Surry Power Stations' Security Plan, Training and Qualification 
Plan, Safeguards Contingency Plan, and Independent Spent Fuel Storage 
Installation Security Program.
    In accordance with 10 CFR 73.5, the Commission may grant exemptions 
from the regulations in 10 CFR part 73, as authorized by law. The NRC 
staff finds that granting the licensee's proposed exemption will not 
result in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or 
other laws, and is, thus, authorized by law.

B. The Exemption Will Not Endanger Life or Property or the Common 
Defense and Security

    The licensee stated that: ``Re-qualifying Security Training Staff 
as Armed Responders increases the margin to maintain minimum staffing. 
Security Training Staff are considered subject matter experts in each 
of the fields they instruct. At [Surry] qualified trainers are 
certified to instruct all regulatory related items in 10 CFR 73 
Appendix B. They have expert level knowledge of the protective 
strategy, security procedures, and target sets.'' The licensee 
requested that this exemption expire 90 days following the lifting of 
the state of emergency declared by the Commonwealth of Virginia on 
March 12, 2020.
    The NRC staff finds that the requested exemption will continue to 
allow the licensee to maintain the required security posture as the 
licensee will have the ability to re-qualify Security Training Staff as 
Armed Responders to ensure that minimum security staffing will be 
maintained. In addition, granting this exemption for no longer than 90 
days following the lifting of the state of emergency declared by the 
Commonwealth of Virginia on March 12, 2020, the jurisdiction in which 
this facility is located, would allow for the licensee to restore 
normal security staffing in a systematic manner. For example, it may 
take time after the state of emergency is lifted for COVID-19-affected 
security personnel to fully recover and return to work. The licensee 
may also need the Security Training Staff to remain on shift until it 
completes range activities or annual re-qualifications (e.g., firearms 
familiarization or qualification, use of force, etc.) for some regular 
members of the security force that may be due for such training.
    Based on the above, the NRC staff concludes that the proposed 
exemption would not endanger life or property or the common defense and 
security.

C. Otherwise in the Public Interest

    On March 28, 2020, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security 
Agency (CISA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
published Version 2.0 of its ``Guidance on the Essential Critical 
Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in 
COVID-19 Response'' (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce). Although that guidance is 
advisory in nature, it is designed to ensure ``continuity of functions 
critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national 
security.'' DHS and CISA recommend the Energy Sector, including nuclear 
power reactor facilities, workers and functions, continue to operate 
during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    The licensee states, in part, that, ``Maintaining SPS [Surry] in 
operation and secure during the pandemic will help to support the 
public need for reliable electricity supply to cope with the pandemic. 
If the plant is forced to shut down because it cannot comply with 
minimum staffing requirements, the area electrical grid would lose this 
reliable source of baseload power. In addition, SPS [Surry] personnel 
would face the added transient challenge of shutting down the plant and 
possibly not restarting it until the pandemic passes. This does not 
serve the public interest in maintaining a safe and reliable supply of 
electricity. In addition, maintaining the necessary security staff 
onsite promotes the safety and security of the plant, and, as a result, 
promotes the health, safety and security of the public as well.''
    Additionally, the licensee stated that, ``There would be an 
increased risk of exposure to the coronavirus if these individuals [the 
Security Training Staff] were required to complete the 40-hour on-shift 
OJT requirement. Placing these individuals on-shift and rotating them 
through multiple security posts to complete the 40-hour OJT requirement 
would require interaction with multiple people, thus increasing the 
risk of exposure to the coronavirus.''
    Based on the above and the NRC staff's aforementioned findings, the 
NRC staff concludes that the exemption is in the public interest 
because it allows the licensee to maintain the required security 
posture at Surry while the facility continues to provide electrical 
power. The exemption also enables the licensee to minimize the risk of 
exposing essential security personnel to the coronavirus during the 
COVID-19 public health emergency.

D. Environmental Considerations

    The NRC staff's approval of this exemption request is categorically 
excluded under 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(vi)(E), and there are no special 
circumstances present that would preclude reliance on this exclusion. 
The NRC staff determined that this action applies to granting of an 
exemption from requirements relating to education, training, 
experience, qualification, requalification, or other employment 
suitability requirements. The NRC staff have determined that approval 
of this exemption request involves no significant hazards 
consideration; no significant change in the types or significant 
increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite; 
no significant increase in individual or cumulative public or 
occupational radiation exposure; no significant construction impact; 
and no significant increase in the potential for or consequences from 
radiological accidents. In addition, the NRC staff has determined that 
there would be no significant impacts to biota, water resources, 
historic properties, cultural resources, or socioeconomic conditions in 
the region. As such, there are no extraordinary circumstances present 
that would preclude reliance on this categorical exclusion. Therefore, 
pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or 
environmental assessment need be prepared in connection with the 
approval of this exemption request.

IV. Conclusions

    Accordingly, the Commission has determined that pursuant to 10 CFR 
part 73.5 the exemption is authorized by law, will not endanger life or 
property or the common defense and security, and are otherwise in the 
public interest. Therefore, the Commission hereby grants the licensee 
an exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 73, Appendix B, Section 
VI, Subsection

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C.2(a) and C.2(b), for Surry for those individuals occupying the 
identified positions on the Security Training Staff as of April 9, 
2020. This exemption would not be applicable to any subsequent 
requalification. This exemption expires no later than 90 days following 
the lifting of the state of emergency declared by the Commonwealth of 
Virginia on March 12, 2020.


    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 9th day of April 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Craig Erlanger,
Director, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2020-08847 Filed 4-24-20; 8:45 am]
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