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Abstract: 10 CFR part 31, ‘‘General Domestic Licenses for Byproduct Material’’ establishes general licenses for the possession and use of byproduct material in certain devices. General licensees are required to keep testing records and submit event reports identified in 10 CFR part 31, which assist the NRC in determining, with reasonable assurance, that devices are operated safely and without radiological hazard to users or the public. Dated: July 22, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. David C. Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–16001 Filed 7–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00218 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40661 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2021–0141] Evaluating the Habitability of a Nuclear Power Plant Control Room During a Postulated Hazardous Chemical Release Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft regulatory guide (DG), DG–1387, ‘‘Evaluating the Habitability of a Nuclear Power Plant Control Room during a Postulated Hazardous Chemical Release.’’ This DG is a proposed Revision 2 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.78, which describes an approach that is acceptable to the NRC staff to meet regulatory requirements for evaluating the habitability of a nuclear power plant control room during a postulated hazardous chemical release. Releases of hazardous chemicals, onsite or off-site, can result in the nearby control room becoming uninhabitable. DATES: Submit comments by August 27, 2021. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods; however, the NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the Federal Rulemaking website: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2021–0141. 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 individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • Mail comments to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff. For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 40662 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 28, 2021 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Casper Sun, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, telephone: 301–415–1646, email: Casper.Sun@nrc.gov; Michael Eudy, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone: 301–415–3104, email: Michael.Eudy@nrc.gov; or Kyle Song, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone: 301–415–3637, email: Kyle.Song@nrc.gov. All are staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2021– 0141, facility name, unit number(s), docket number(s), application date, and subject, if applicable, 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 https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2021–0141. • 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@ 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 the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. • 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. (ET), Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. B. Submitting Comments The NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the Federal Rulemaking website (https:// www.regulations.gov). Please include Docket ID NRC–2021–0141 in your comment submission. The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information that VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Jul 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at https:// 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. Additional Information The NRC is issuing for public comment a DG in the NRC’s ‘‘Regulatory Guide’’ series. This series was developed to describe methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the agency’s regulations, to explain techniques that the staff uses in evaluating specific issues or postulated events, and to describe information that the staff needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses. The DG entitled, ‘‘Evaluating the Habitability of a Nuclear Power Plant Control Room during a Postulated Hazardous Chemical Release,’’ is temporarily identified by its task number, DG–1387 (ADAMS Accession No. ML21119A157). The proposed revision of this guide (Revision 2) presents up-to-date and defense-indepth guidance using the latest scientific methods and the updated, NRC-endorsed computer code for control room habitability evaluation called HABIT. HABIT is an integrated set of computer codes that the NRC uses to evaluate control room habitability and estimate the control room personnel’s exposure to a chemical release. DG–1387 describes an approach that is acceptable to the NRC staff to meet the requirements of part 50 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities,’’ appendix A, ‘‘General Design Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants,’’ General Design Criterion 19, ‘‘Control Room,’’ for evaluating the habitability of a nuclear power plant control room during a postulated hazardous chemical release. Revision 1 of RG 1.78 endorsed an earlier version of the HABIT code, PO 00000 Frm 00219 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which is described in NUREG/CR–6210, Supplement 1, ‘‘Computer Codes for Evaluation of Control Room Habitability (HABIT V1.1),’’ issued October 1998 (ADAMS Accession No. ML063480558). More recently, the NRC staff endorsed a newer version of the HABIT code in NUREG–2244, ‘‘HABIT 2.2: Description of Models and Methods,’’ issued May 2021 (ADAMS Accession No. ML21120A069). NUREG–2244 is incorporated into Revision 2 of this proposed guide. The staff is also issuing for public comment a draft regulatory analysis (ADAMS Accession No. ML21119A159). The staff developed the regulatory analysis to assess the value of revising RG 1.78 as well as alternative courses of action. III. Backfitting, Forward Fitting, and Issue Finality Issuance of DG–1387, if finalized, would 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’’; would not 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, ‘‘Licenses, certifications, and approvals for nuclear power reactors.’’ As explained in DG–1387, applicants and licensees would not be required to comply with the positions set forth in DG–1387. Dated: July 23, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Meraj Rahimi, Chief, Regulatory Guide and Programs Management Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2021–16096 Filed 7–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50–269, 50–270, and 50–287; NRC–2021–0127] Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC; Duke Energy; Oconee Nuclear Station, Units 1, 2, and 3 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Subsequent license renewal application; opportunity to request a hearing and to petition for leave to intervene. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering an application for the subsequent license SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 142 (Wednesday, July 28, 2021)]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2021-0141]


Evaluating the Habitability of a Nuclear Power Plant Control Room 
During a Postulated Hazardous Chemical Release

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for 
public comment a draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1387, ``Evaluating the 
Habitability of a Nuclear Power Plant Control Room during a Postulated 
Hazardous Chemical Release.'' This DG is a proposed Revision 2 to 
Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.78, which describes an approach that is 
acceptable to the NRC staff to meet regulatory requirements for 
evaluating the habitability of a nuclear power plant control room 
during a postulated hazardous chemical release. Releases of hazardous 
chemicals, onsite or off-site, can result in the nearby control room 
becoming uninhabitable.

DATES: Submit comments by August 27, 2021. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is 
able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in 
connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed 
or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods; 
however, the NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the 
Federal Rulemaking website:
     Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2021-0141. Address 
questions about Docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Stacy Schumann; 
telephone: 301-415-0624; email: [email protected]. For technical 
questions, contact the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.
     Mail comments to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: 
TWFN-7-A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff.
    For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting 
comments, see ``Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments'' in the

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Casper Sun, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation, telephone: 301-415-1646, email: [email protected]; Michael 
Eudy, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, telephone: 301-415-3104, 
email: [email protected]; or Kyle Song, Office of Nuclear Regulatory 
Research, telephone: 301-415-3637, email: [email protected]. All are 
staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2021-0141, facility name, unit 
number(s), docket number(s), application date, and subject, if 
applicable, 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 https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2021-0141.
     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 the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
     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. (ET), Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

B. Submitting Comments

    The NRC encourages electronic comment submission through the 
Federal Rulemaking website (https://www.regulations.gov). Please 
include Docket ID NRC-2021-0141 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 
https://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. Additional Information

    The NRC is issuing for public comment a DG in the NRC's 
``Regulatory Guide'' series. This series was developed to describe 
methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific 
parts of the agency's regulations, to explain techniques that the staff 
uses in evaluating specific issues or postulated events, and to 
describe information that the staff needs in its review of applications 
for permits and licenses.
    The DG entitled, ``Evaluating the Habitability of a Nuclear Power 
Plant Control Room during a Postulated Hazardous Chemical Release,'' is 
temporarily identified by its task number, DG-1387 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML21119A157). The proposed revision of this guide (Revision 2) presents 
up-to-date and defense-in-depth guidance using the latest scientific 
methods and the updated, NRC-endorsed computer code for control room 
habitability evaluation called HABIT. HABIT is an integrated set of 
computer codes that the NRC uses to evaluate control room habitability 
and estimate the control room personnel's exposure to a chemical 
release. DG-1387 describes an approach that is acceptable to the NRC 
staff to meet the requirements of part 50 of title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Domestic licensing of production and 
utilization facilities,'' appendix A, ``General Design Criteria for 
Nuclear Power Plants,'' General Design Criterion 19, ``Control Room,'' 
for evaluating the habitability of a nuclear power plant control room 
during a postulated hazardous chemical release.
    Revision 1 of RG 1.78 endorsed an earlier version of the HABIT 
code, which is described in NUREG/CR-6210, Supplement 1, ``Computer 
Codes for Evaluation of Control Room Habitability (HABIT V1.1),'' 
issued October 1998 (ADAMS Accession No. ML063480558). More recently, 
the NRC staff endorsed a newer version of the HABIT code in NUREG-2244, 
``HABIT 2.2: Description of Models and Methods,'' issued May 2021 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML21120A069). NUREG-2244 is incorporated into 
Revision 2 of this proposed guide.
    The staff is also issuing for public comment a draft regulatory 
analysis (ADAMS Accession No. ML21119A159). The staff developed the 
regulatory analysis to assess the value of revising RG 1.78 as well as 
alternative courses of action.

III. Backfitting, Forward Fitting, and Issue Finality

    Issuance of DG-1387, if finalized, would 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''; would not 
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, ``Licenses, certifications, and approvals for nuclear power 
reactors.'' As explained in DG-1387, applicants and licensees would not 
be required to comply with the positions set forth in DG-1387.

    Dated: July 23, 2021.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Meraj Rahimi,
Chief, Regulatory Guide and Programs Management Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2021-16096 Filed 7-27-21; 8:45 am]
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