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Download as PDF 13762 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 45 / Wednesday, March 10, 2021 / Notices Dated: March 4, 2021. Crystal Robinson, Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–04896 Filed 3–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2021–0065] Fresh and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality Analyses Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Regulatory guide; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a new Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.240, ‘‘Fresh and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality Analyses.’’ This regulatory guide (RG) describes an approach that the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) considers acceptable to demonstrate that NRC regulatory requirements are met for subcriticality of fuel assemblies stored in fresh fuel vaults and spent fuel pools at lightwater reactor (LWR) power plants. It endorses, with clarifications and exceptions, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) guidance document NEI 12 16, ‘‘Guidance for Performing Criticality Analyses of Fuel Storage at Light Water Reactor Power Plants,’’ Revision 4. DATES: RG 1.240 is available on March 10, 2021. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2021–0065 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 https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2021–0065. Address questions about Docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Stacy Schumann; telephone: 301–415–0624; email: Stacy.Schumann@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual(s) 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 pdr.resource@ SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Mar 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 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. • Attention: The PDR, where you may examine and order copies of public documents is currently closed. You may submit your request to the PDR via email at pdr.resource@nrc.gov or call 1– 800–397–4209 or 301–415–4737 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. RG 1.240 and the regulatory analysis may be found in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML20356A127 and ML20205L563, respectively. Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and NRC approval is not required to reproduce them. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Wood, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, telephone: (301) 415–4120, email: Kent.Wood@nrc.gov and Mike Eudy, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone: (301)–415–3104, email: Michael.Eudy@nrc.gov. Both are staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555– 0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Discussion The NRC is issuing a new guide 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 agency’s regulations, techniques that the NRC staff uses in evaluating specific issues or postulated events, and data that the NRC staff needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses. II. Additional Information RG 1.240 was issued with a temporary identification of Draft Regulatory Guide, (DG)–1373.The NRC published a notice of the availability of DG–1373 in the Federal Register on September 8, 2020 (85 FR 55522) for a 45-day public comment period. The public comment period closed on October 23, 2020. Public comments on DG–1373 and the staff responses to the public comments are available under ADAMS under Accession No. ML20356A123. III. Congressional Review Act This RG is a rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801–808). However, the Office of Management and Budget has not found it to be a major rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 IV. Backfitting, Forward Fitting and Issue Finality New Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.240 does not constitute backfitting as defined in 10 CFR 50.109, ‘‘Backfitting,’’ and as described in NRC Management Directive (MD) 8.4, ‘‘Management of Backfitting, Forward Fitting, Issue Finality, and Information Requests’’; constitute forward fitting as that term is defined and described in MD 8.4; or affect the issue finality of any approval issued under 10 CFR part 52. As explained in new RG 1.240, applicants and licensees would not be required to comply with the positions set forth in the RG. Dated: March 4, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Meraj Rahimi, Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. 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In addition, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the licensee, requested that the license be amended to clarify NYSERDA’s health and safety and other responsibilities under the license. NYSERDA defines the ‘‘retained premises of the licensed area’’ as the area consisting of the WNYNSC, not including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) West Valley Demonstration SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10MRN1.SGM 10MRN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2021-0065]


Fresh and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality Analyses

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Regulatory guide; issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a new 
Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.240, ``Fresh and Spent Fuel Pool Criticality 
Analyses.'' This regulatory guide (RG) describes an approach that the 
staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) considers 
acceptable to demonstrate that NRC regulatory requirements are met for 
subcriticality of fuel assemblies stored in fresh fuel vaults and spent 
fuel pools at light-water reactor (LWR) power plants. It endorses, with 
clarifications and exceptions, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) 
guidance document NEI 12 16, ``Guidance for Performing Criticality 
Analyses of Fuel Storage at Light Water Reactor Power Plants,'' 
Revision 4.

DATES: RG 1.240 is available on March 10, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2021-0065 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 https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2021-0065. Address 
questions about Docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Stacy Schumann; 
telephone: 301-415-0624; email: [email protected]. For technical 
questions, contact the individual(s) 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 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.
     Attention: The PDR, where you may examine and order copies 
of public documents is currently closed. You may submit your request to 
the PDR via email at [email protected] or call 1-800-397-4209 or 
301-415-4737 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.
    RG 1.240 and the regulatory analysis may be found in ADAMS under 
Accession Nos. ML20356A127 and ML20205L563, respectively.
    Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and NRC approval is not 
required to reproduce them.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Wood, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation, telephone: (301) 415-4120, email: [email protected] and 
Mike Eudy, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone: (301)-415-
3104, email: [email protected]. Both are staff of the U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Discussion

    The NRC is issuing a new guide 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 agency's regulations, 
techniques that the NRC staff uses in evaluating specific issues or 
postulated events, and data that the NRC staff needs in its review of 
applications for permits and licenses.

II. Additional Information

    RG 1.240 was issued with a temporary identification of Draft 
Regulatory Guide, (DG)-1373.The NRC published a notice of the 
availability of DG-1373 in the Federal Register on September 8, 2020 
(85 FR 55522) for a 45-day public comment period. The public comment 
period closed on October 23, 2020. Public comments on DG-1373 and the 
staff responses to the public comments are available under ADAMS under 
Accession No. ML20356A123.

III. Congressional Review Act

    This RG is a rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act (5 
U.S.C. 801-808). However, the Office of Management and Budget has not 
found it to be a major rule as defined in the Congressional Review Act.

IV. Backfitting, Forward Fitting and Issue Finality

    New Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.240 does not constitute backfitting as 
defined in 10 CFR 50.109, ``Backfitting,'' and as described in NRC 
Management Directive (MD) 8.4, ``Management of Backfitting, Forward 
Fitting, Issue Finality, and Information Requests''; constitute forward 
fitting as that term is defined and described in MD 8.4; or affect the 
issue finality of any approval issued under 10 CFR part 52. As 
explained in new RG 1.240, applicants and licensees would not be 
required to comply with the positions set forth in the RG.

    Dated: March 4, 2021.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Meraj Rahimi,
Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
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