Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 and 4, 67740-67744 [2021-25876]

Download as PDF 67740 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 226 / Monday, November 29, 2021 / Notices Document ADAMS accession No. NUREG–2183, Environmental Impact Statement for the Construction Permit for the SHINE Medical Radioisotope Production Facility, dated October, 2015. Construction Permit No. CPMIF–001 for the SHINE Medical Isotope Production Facility, dated February 29, 2016 SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC’s Revisions to Final Safety Analysis Report, Chapter 4, Irradiation Unit and Radioisotope Production Facility Description, Rev. 1, dated March 23, 2021. SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC’s Revisions to Final Safety Analysis Report, Chapter 9, Auxiliary Systems, Rev. 0, dated March 23, 2021. SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC, Request to Amend Construction Permit No. CPMIF–001, dated April 29, 2021 SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC, Request to Amend Construction Permit No. CPMIF–001 Response to Request for Additional Information, dated August 20, 2021. Dated: November 23, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Joshua M. Borromeo, Chief, Non-Power Production and Utilization Facility Licensing Branch, Division of Advanced Reactors and Non-Power Production and Utilization Facilities, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2021–25911 Filed 11–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2021–0001] Sunshine Act Meetings Weeks of November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021, January 3, 2022. PLACE: Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. STATUS: Public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: TIME AND DATE: Week of November 29, 2021 There are no meetings scheduled for the week of November 29, 2021. 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The forms and additional information can be found here https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/ covid-19/guidance-for-visitors-to-nrcfacilities.pdf. Week of December 13, 2021—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 13, 2021. Week of December 20, 2021—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 20, 2021. ML15288A046. ML16041A473. ML21095A226. ML21095A225. ML21119A165 (Package). ML21242A028 (Package). Wesley.Held@nrc.gov. The schedule for Commission meetings is subject to change on short notice. The NRC Commission Meeting Schedule can be found on the internet at: https://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ public-meetings/schedule.html. The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. 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[FR Doc. 2021–26015 Filed 11–24–21; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P Week of December 27, 2021—Tentative NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION There are no meetings scheduled for the week of December 27, 2021. [Docket Nos. 52–025 and 52–026; NRC– 2008–0252] Week of January 3, 2022—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the week of January 3, 2022. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 and 4 CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: AGENCY: For more information or to verify the status of meetings, contact Wesley Held at 301–287–3591 or via email at PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Exemption; issuance. E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 226 / Monday, November 29, 2021 / Notices The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, the Commission) is issuing an exemption from the Commission’s regulations that require a written examination and operating test to be requested and administered to 72 licensed operator candidates at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP) Unit 4 in response to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.’s (SNC) request dated July 8, 2021, as supplemented by letter dated October 1, 2021. The NRC is effectively giving these 72 candidates credit for the written examination and operating test that they already took and passed at VEGP Unit 3. DATES: The exemption was issued on November 22, 2021. 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 https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2008–0252. 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 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@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 exemption was submitted by letter dated July 8, 2021 and is available in ADAMS under Package Accession No. ML21189A153. The request was supplemented by letter dated October 1, 2021 (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML21281A214). • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents, by appointment, at the NRC’s PDR, Room P1 B35, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. To make an appointment to visit the PDR, please send an email to PDR.Resource@nrc.gov khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:55 Nov 26, 2021 Jkt 256001 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cayetano Santos Jr., Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– 7270; email: Cayetano.Santos@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background SNC, Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, and the City of Dalton, Georgia are the holders of facility Combined License (COL) Nos. NFP–91 and NPF–92, which authorize the construction and operation of VEGP Units 3 and 4. The facilities consist of two Westinghouse Electric Company (Westinghouse) AP1000 pressurizedwater reactors (PWRs) located in Burke County, Georgia. The licenses are subject to the rules, regulations, and orders of the NRC. Appendix D, ‘‘Design Certification Rule for the AP1000 Design,’’ to title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) part 52, ‘‘Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants,’’ constitutes the standard design certification for the Westinghouse AP1000 design, in accordance with 10 CFR part 52, subpart B, ‘‘Standard Design Certifications.’’ ‘‘Standard design’’ is defined in 10 CFR 52.1, ‘‘Definitions,’’ as ‘‘a design which is sufficiently detailed and complete to support certification or approval in accordance with subpart B or E of [10 CFR part 52], and which is usable for a multiple number of units or at a multiple number of sites without reopening or repeating the review.’’ II. Request/Action Pursuant to 10 CFR 55.11, ‘‘Specific exemptions,’’ by letter dated July 8, 2021 (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML21189A153), as supplemented by letter dated October 1, 2021 (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML21281A214), SNC requested an exemption from the requirements in 10 CFR 55.31, ‘‘How to apply,’’ paragraph (a)(3) and 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2), ‘‘Written examination and operating test,’’ on behalf of 72 operators who are licensed to operate VEGP Unit 3 and are requesting a license on VEGP Unit 4. Enclosure 1 of the July 8, 2021, letter contains SNC’s justification for the requested exemption. Enclosure 2 of the July 8, 2021, letter identifies the subject operators by name and docket number. PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67741 Enclosure 3 of the July 8, 2021, letter includes a sample of NRC Form 398, ‘‘Personnel Qualification Statement— Licensee.’’ The NRC’s granting of the requested exemption is based on Enclosure 1 of the July 8, 2021, letter, as supplemented by the enclosure of the October 1, 2021, letter. Enclosure 2 of the July 8, 2021, letter is superseded by the enclosure of the October 1, 2021, letter. The NRC staff did not review Enclosure 3 of the July 8, 2021, letter. The exemption is valid only for the 72 licensed operator candidates identified in the enclosure of the October 1, 2021, letter. 10 CFR 55.31(a)(3) requires each applicant for an operator’s license to submit a written request that the written examination and operating test be administered to the applicant. This written request must come from an authorized representative of the facility licensee by which the applicant will be employed. 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2) states, in part, that the Commission will approve an initial application for a license if it finds that the applicant has passed the requisite written examination and operating test in accordance with 10 CFR 55.41 and 55.45 or 55.43 and 55.45. The written examinations and operating tests determine whether an applicant for an operator’s license has learned to operate a facility competently and safely, and additionally, in the case of a senior operator, whether the applicant has learned to direct the licensed activities of licensed operators competently and safely. Written examinations administered to operator candidates must contain a representative sample from among the topics listed in 10 CFR 55.41(b)(1)–(14), and additionally, written examinations administered to senior operator candidates must contain a representative sample from among the topics listed in 10 CFR 55.43(b)(1)–(7). Operating tests must contain a representative sample from among the topics listed in 10 CFR 55.45(a)(1)–(13). Additionally, 10 CFR 55.40(a) requires the Commission to use the criteria in NUREG–1021, ‘‘Operator Licensing Examination Standards for Power Reactors’’ (ADAMS Accession No. ML17038A432), in effect 6 months before the examination date to prepare the written examinations required by 10 CFR 55.41 and 55.43 and the operating tests required by 10 CFR 55.45 and to evaluate the written examinations and operating tests prepared by power reactor facility licensees. Preparing the written examinations and operating tests using the appropriate knowledge and abilities catalog, in conjunction with NUREG–1021, ensures that the E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 67742 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 226 / Monday, November 29, 2021 / Notices written examinations and operating tests include a representative sample of the items specified in 10 CFR 55.41, 55.43, and 55.45. NUREG–2103, ‘‘Knowledge and Abilities Catalog for Nuclear Power Plant Operators: Westinghouse AP1000 Pressurized Water Reactors’’ (ADAMS Accession No. ML20357A103), was developed specifically for Westinghouse AP1000 PWRs. NUREG–1021, Appendix A, ‘‘Overview of Generic Examination Concepts,’’ explains that the knowledge and abilities catalogs provide the basis for the development of content-valid examinations for reactor operators (ROs) and senior reactor operators (SROs), consistent with the applicable testing industry standards. NUREG–1021, Appendix A further explains the concept of content-validity and states, in part, that ‘‘[i]n the case of the NRC examinations, the intent is to measure the examinee’s knowledge and ability (K/A) such that those who pass will be able to perform the duties of [an RO or an SRO] to ensure the safe operation of the plant.’’ In accordance with the guidance in NUREG–1021, Section ES–401N, ‘‘Preparing Initial Site-Specific Written Examinations,’’ a sample plan needs to be prepared for each written examination. Section ES–401N states, in part, that this involves ‘‘[s]ystematically and randomly select[ing] specific K/A statements (e.g., K1.03 or A2.11) from NUREG–2103 (for AP–1000) . . . to complete each of the three tiers (i.e., Tier 1, ‘Emergency and Abnormal Plant Evolutions’; Tier 2, ‘Plant Systems’; and Tier 3, ‘Generic Knowledge and Abilities’) of the applicable examination outline.’’ For the AP1000, NUREG– 1021, Form ES–401N–2, ‘‘AP1000 Examination Outline,’’ is the applicable examination outline. Once the written examination outline is complete, written examination questions can be developed from the K/A statements selected for the examination as documented on the examination outline. The K/A catalog is also used to select topics for the operating test, which consists of an individual walkthrough portion and a simulator test portion. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES III. Discussion Pursuant to 10 CFR 55.11, the Commission may, upon application by an interested person, or upon its own initiative, grant exemptions from the requirements of 10 CFR part 55, ‘‘Operators’ Licenses,’’ as it determines (1) are authorized by law, (2) will not endanger life or property, and (3) are otherwise in the public interest. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:55 Nov 26, 2021 Jkt 256001 A. The Exemption Is Authorized by Law Exemptions are authorized by law where they are not expressly prohibited by statute or regulation. A proposed exemption is implicitly authorized by law if it will not endanger life or property and is otherwise in the public interest and no other provisions in law prohibit, or otherwise restrict, its application. The NRC has reviewed the exemption request and finds that granting the proposed exemption will not result in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or other laws. Accordingly, the NRC finds that the exemption is authorized by law. B. The Exemption Will Not Endanger Life or Property Pursuant to 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2), the Commission will approve an initial application for a license if it finds, in part, that the applicant has passed the requisite written examination and operating test in accordance with 10 CFR 55.41 and 55.45 or 55.43 and 55.45. These examinations and tests determine whether the applicant for an operator’s license has learned to operate a facility competently and safely, and additionally, in the case of a senior operator, whether the applicant has learned to direct the licensed activities of licensed operators competently and safely. Competent and safe operators protect against endangerment of life or property. Accordingly, where examinations and tests adequately determine who is competent, those examinations and tests are protective of and do not endanger life or property. The 72 licensed operator candidates identified in the enclosure of the letter dated October 1, 2021, already took and passed an NRC written examination and an operating test for VEGP Unit 3, which were prepared and evaluated using the criteria in NUREG–1021 and the K/As in NUREG–2103. An NRC examination for VEGP Unit 4 would also use the criteria in NUREG–1021 and the K/As in NUREG–2103 to define its scope, format, and content. Specific test items, such as the individual written examination questions, would therefore be applicable to both VEGP Units 3 and 4, unless there were differences between the two units that could alter the content of a particular test item or job performance measure (JPM). As discussed in Enclosure 1, Section 2.0, of the letter dated July 8, 2021, SNC conducted an analysis to identify and evaluate the differences between VEGP Units 3 and 4 and to determine whether they would impact how operators perform tasks at each unit. SNC PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 concluded that there were a few minor differences identified to date in the Waste Water and Offsite Power Systems. The differences between VEGP Units 3 and 4 related to the Waste Water Systems consisted of naming and indication differences only, and SNC stated that these differences do not impact how operators perform tasks. The difference between VEGP Units 3 and 4 related to the Offsite Power Systems is a physical difference, in that VEGP Unit 3 is connected to a 230 kilovolt (kV) switchyard and VEGP Unit 4 is connected to a 500 kV switchyard. Although the voltages of the switchyards are different between VEGP Units 3 and 4, SNC’s analysis concluded that all components manipulated by operators are mechanically identical and are operated identically despite having different labels and designators. As a result, the identified differences in the Offsite Power Systems have no operational impact in performing Abnormal or Emergency Operating Procedures. SNC also conducted a Training Needs Analysis, and this analysis concluded that the differences between VEGP Units 3 and 4 require no additional training and that no new/ modified examination questions, scenarios, or JPMs are needed. Therefore, the NRC written examination and operating test for VEGP Unit 3 already taken and passed by the 72 licensed operator candidates was of the same structure, scope, and format as the NRC written examination and operating test that they would have to take for VEGP Unit 4, and it also tested topics that are relevant to the operation of both VEGP Units 3 and 4. In Enclosure 1, Section 4.0, of the letter dated July 8, 2021, SNC states, in part, that the VEGP Units 3 and 4 ‘‘continuing training program is based on the requirements defined in 10 CFR part 55.59 and is accredited through the National Academy for Nuclear Training.’’ In addition, the training program uses a systematic approach to training process to assess whether differences impact operators’ performance of tasks on each unit and also the extent to which the training program needs to be adjusted to ensure that operators are adequately trained to perform those tasks at both units. Based on the above, the NRC determined that the 72 licensed operator candidates’ knowledge and abilities associated with the operation of VEGP Unit 4 have already been assessed by the NRC written examination and operating test given for VEGP Unit 3, and that by passing that examination and test, these individuals have demonstrated that they are also E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 226 / Monday, November 29, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES competent to safely operate VEGP Unit 4. Accordingly, the NRC finds that the exemption will not endanger life or property. C. The Exemption Is Otherwise in the Public Interest The Commission’s values guide the NRC in maintaining certain principles of good regulation as it carries out regulatory activities in furtherance of its safety and security mission. These principles focus the NRC on ensuring safety and security while appropriately considering the interests of the NRC’s stakeholders, including the public and licensees. These principles are Independence, Openness, Efficiency, Clarity, and Reliability. Independence relates to NRC decisions being based on objective, unbiased assessments of all information. Openness relates to the NRC conducting its regulatory activities publicly and candidly. Efficiency relates to the NRC ensuring that its regulatory activities are consistent with the degree of risk reduction they achieve; adopting the option, where several effective alternatives are available, that minimizes the use of resources; and making regulatory decisions without delay. Clarity relates to NRC positions being readily understood and easily applied. Reliability relates to established regulations being perceived to be reliable and not unjustifiably in a state of transition. The NRC’s principles of good regulation can also provide guidance as to whether the granting of a particular exemption is otherwise in the public interest. On balance, the NRC’s principles of good regulation demonstrate that the granting of the requested exemption is otherwise in the public interest. First, as clearly, openly, and independently determined above, the 72 licensed operator candidates identified in the enclosure of the October 1, 2021, letter each passed a written examination and operating test for VEGP Unit 3 that also covered all content that is applicable to VEGP Unit 4. Second, concerning the principle of efficiency, in Enclosure 1, Section 5.3, of the July 8, 2021, letter, SNC explained that if the exemption is granted, then training resources will be available to meet other site training needs and to ensure that trained operations personnel are available to support ongoing activities at VEGP Unit 3 including testing and fuel load. The NRC staff will also not have to devote resources to preparing and validating additional written examinations and operating tests for these 72 licensed operator candidates. Additionally, these operators will be able to remain in the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:55 Nov 26, 2021 Jkt 256001 continuing training program for VEGP Units 3 and 4, which will help to ensure that they maintain proficiency in topics included in the initial training program and that they also receive training on any changes made to the plant design or procedures prior to fuel load and plant operation. For these reasons, the NRC finds that granting the exemption is an effective and efficient alternative to requiring the 72 licensed operator candidates to take another written examination and operating test to be licensed on VEGP Unit 4. Finally, concerning the principle of reliability, the NRC has already found that the 72 licensed operator candidates have the necessary knowledge and abilities to operate VEGP Unit 3 safely and competently. As discussed above, by granting the requested exemption, the substantive requirements upon the licensed operator candidates are unchanged. Furthermore, the public has an interest in reliability in terms of the stability of the nuclear regulatory planning process. If granted, this exemption aids planning by the NRC and the industry by allowing the 72 license operator candidates to complete their applications sooner, with the underlying requirements essentially unchanged, and could result in licensing decisions being made earlier than would be possible if the candidates had to wait to also take a written examination and operating test for VEGP Unit 4. Based on the above, the NRC finds that the exemption is otherwise in the public interest. D. Environmental Considerations The NRC has determined that granting this exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 55.31(a)(3) and 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2) involves (i) no significant hazards consideration, (ii) no significant change in the types or significant increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite, (iii) no significant increase in individual or cumulative public or occupational radiation exposure, (iv) no significant construction impact, and (v) no significant increase in the potential for or consequences from radiological accidents. The granting of this exemption involves no significant hazards consideration because: • The exemption does not alter the design, function, or operation of any plant equipment; therefore, granting the exemption would not increase the probability or consequences of an accident previously evaluated. • The exemption does not create any new accident initiators; therefore, PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67743 granting the exemption would not create the possibility of a new or different kind of accident from any accident previously evaluated. • The exemption does not exceed or alter a design basis or safety limit; therefore, granting the exemption would not involve a significant reduction in a margin of safety. There is no significant change in the types or significant increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite because this exemption does not affect any effluent release limits as provided in the facility licensee’s technical specifications or the regulations in 10 CFR part 20, ‘‘Standards for Protection Against Radiation.’’ There is no significant increase in individual or cumulative public or occupational radiation exposure because the exemption does not affect the limits provided in 10 CFR part 20 for radiation exposure to workers or members of the public. There is no significant construction impact because the exemption does not involve any construction activities or changes to a construction permit. There is no significant increase in the potential for or consequences from radiological accidents because the exemption does not alter any of the assumptions or limits in the facility licensee’s safety analysis. The NRC determined, per 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(vi)(E), that the requirements from which the exemption is sought involve education, training, experience, qualification, requalification, or other employment suitability requirements. Accordingly, the exemption meets the eligibility criteria for categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25). Therefore, in accordance with 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment need be prepared in connection with granting the requested exemption. IV. Conclusion Accordingly, the Commission has determined that, pursuant to 10 CFR 55.11, the exemption is authorized by law, will not endanger life or property, and is otherwise in the public interest. Therefore, effective immediately, the Commission hereby grants the request to exempt the 72 licensed operator candidates listed in the enclosure of letter dated October 1, 2021, from the 10 CFR 55.31(a)(3) and 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2) requirements that a written examination and operating test be requested and administered to them for VEGP Unit 4, effectively giving these candidates credit for the written examination and E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 67744 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 226 / Monday, November 29, 2021 / Notices operating test that they already took and passed for VEGP Unit 3. Dated: November 22, 2021. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Gregory T. Bowman, Director, Vogtle Project Office, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2021–25876 Filed 11–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. MC2022–22 and CP2022–24; MC2022–23 and CP2022–25] New Postal Product Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing for the Commission’s consideration concerning a negotiated service agreement. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: December 1, 2021. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Docketed Proceeding(s) khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Introduction The Commission gives notice that the Postal Service filed request(s) for the Commission to consider matters related to negotiated service agreement(s). The request(s) may propose the addition or removal of a negotiated service agreement from the market dominant or the competitive product list, or the modification of an existing product currently appearing on the market dominant or the competitive product list. Section II identifies the docket number(s) associated with each Postal Service request, the title of each Postal Service request, the request’s acceptance date, and the authority cited by the Postal Service for each request. For each request, the Commission appoints an VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:55 Nov 26, 2021 Jkt 256001 officer of the Commission to represent the interests of the general public in the proceeding, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505 (Public Representative). Section II also establishes comment deadline(s) pertaining to each request. The public portions of the Postal Service’s request(s) can be accessed via the Commission’s website (http:// www.prc.gov). Non-public portions of the Postal Service’s request(s), if any, can be accessed through compliance with the requirements of 39 CFR 3011.301.1 The Commission invites comments on whether the Postal Service’s request(s) in the captioned docket(s) are consistent with the policies of title 39. For request(s) that the Postal Service states concern market dominant product(s), applicable statutory and regulatory requirements include 39 U.S.C. 3622, 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR part 3030, and 39 CFR part 3040, subpart B. For request(s) that the Postal Service states concern competitive product(s), applicable statutory and regulatory requirements include 39 U.S.C. 3632, 39 U.S.C. 3633, 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR part 3035, and 39 CFR part 3040, subpart B. Comment deadline(s) for each request appear in section II. II. Docketed Proceeding(s) 1. Docket No(s).: MC2022–22 and CP2022–24; Filing Title: USPS Request to Add Priority Mail Contract 729 to Competitive Product List and Notice of Filing Materials Under Seal; Filing Acceptance Date: November 22, 2021; Filing Authority: 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR 3040.130 through 3040.135, and 39 CFR 3035.105; Public Representative: Jennaca D. Upperman; Comments Due: December 1, 2021. 2. Docket No(s).: MC2022–23 and CP2022–25; Filing Title: USPS Request to Add Priority Mail Contract 730 to Competitive Product List and Notice of Filing Materials Under Seal; Filing Acceptance Date: November 22, 2021; Filing Authority: 39 U.S.C. 3642, 39 CFR 3040.130 through 3040.135, and 39 CFR 3035.105; Public Representative: Katalin Clendenin; Comments Due: December 1, 2021. This Notice will be published in the Federal Register. Erica A. Barker, Secretary. 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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-25876]


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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

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Exemption; issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, the Commission) 
is issuing an exemption from the Commission's regulations that require 
a written examination and operating test to be requested and 
administered to 72 licensed operator candidates at Vogtle Electric 
Generating Plant (VEGP) Unit 4 in response to Southern Nuclear 
Operating Company, Inc.'s (SNC) request dated July 8, 2021, as 
supplemented by letter dated October 1, 2021. The NRC is effectively 
giving these 72 candidates credit for the written examination and 
operating test that they already took and passed at VEGP Unit 3.

DATES: The exemption was issued on November 22, 2021.

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 https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2008-0252. Address 
questions about Docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Stacy Schumann; 
telephone: 301-415-0624; 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 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 
exemption was submitted by letter dated July 8, 2021 and is available 
in ADAMS under Package Accession No. ML21189A153. The request was 
supplemented by letter dated October 1, 2021 (ADAMS Package Accession 
No. ML21281A214).
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents, by appointment, at the NRC's PDR, Room P1 B35, One White 
Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. To make 
an appointment to visit the PDR, please send an email to 
[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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cayetano Santos Jr., Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-7270; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    SNC, Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG 
Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, and the 
City of Dalton, Georgia are the holders of facility Combined License 
(COL) Nos. NFP-91 and NPF-92, which authorize the construction and 
operation of VEGP Units 3 and 4. The facilities consist of two 
Westinghouse Electric Company (Westinghouse) AP1000 pressurized-water 
reactors (PWRs) located in Burke County, Georgia. The licenses are 
subject to the rules, regulations, and orders of the NRC.
    Appendix D, ``Design Certification Rule for the AP1000 Design,'' to 
title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) part 52, 
``Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants,'' 
constitutes the standard design certification for the Westinghouse 
AP1000 design, in accordance with 10 CFR part 52, subpart B, ``Standard 
Design Certifications.'' ``Standard design'' is defined in 10 CFR 52.1, 
``Definitions,'' as ``a design which is sufficiently detailed and 
complete to support certification or approval in accordance with 
subpart B or E of [10 CFR part 52], and which is usable for a multiple 
number of units or at a multiple number of sites without reopening or 
repeating the review.''

II. Request/Action

    Pursuant to 10 CFR 55.11, ``Specific exemptions,'' by letter dated 
July 8, 2021 (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML21189A153), as supplemented 
by letter dated October 1, 2021 (ADAMS Package Accession No. 
ML21281A214), SNC requested an exemption from the requirements in 10 
CFR 55.31, ``How to apply,'' paragraph (a)(3) and 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2), 
``Written examination and operating test,'' on behalf of 72 operators 
who are licensed to operate VEGP Unit 3 and are requesting a license on 
VEGP Unit 4. Enclosure 1 of the July 8, 2021, letter contains SNC's 
justification for the requested exemption. Enclosure 2 of the July 8, 
2021, letter identifies the subject operators by name and docket 
number. Enclosure 3 of the July 8, 2021, letter includes a sample of 
NRC Form 398, ``Personnel Qualification Statement--Licensee.'' The 
NRC's granting of the requested exemption is based on Enclosure 1 of 
the July 8, 2021, letter, as supplemented by the enclosure of the 
October 1, 2021, letter. Enclosure 2 of the July 8, 2021, letter is 
superseded by the enclosure of the October 1, 2021, letter. The NRC 
staff did not review Enclosure 3 of the July 8, 2021, letter. The 
exemption is valid only for the 72 licensed operator candidates 
identified in the enclosure of the October 1, 2021, letter.
    10 CFR 55.31(a)(3) requires each applicant for an operator's 
license to submit a written request that the written examination and 
operating test be administered to the applicant. This written request 
must come from an authorized representative of the facility licensee by 
which the applicant will be employed. 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2) states, in 
part, that the Commission will approve an initial application for a 
license if it finds that the applicant has passed the requisite written 
examination and operating test in accordance with 10 CFR 55.41 and 
55.45 or 55.43 and 55.45. The written examinations and operating tests 
determine whether an applicant for an operator's license has learned to 
operate a facility competently and safely, and additionally, in the 
case of a senior operator, whether the applicant has learned to direct 
the licensed activities of licensed operators competently and safely. 
Written examinations administered to operator candidates must contain a 
representative sample from among the topics listed in 10 CFR 
55.41(b)(1)-(14), and additionally, written examinations administered 
to senior operator candidates must contain a representative sample from 
among the topics listed in 10 CFR 55.43(b)(1)-(7). Operating tests must 
contain a representative sample from among the topics listed in 10 CFR 
55.45(a)(1)-(13).
    Additionally, 10 CFR 55.40(a) requires the Commission to use the 
criteria in NUREG-1021, ``Operator Licensing Examination Standards for 
Power Reactors'' (ADAMS Accession No. ML17038A432), in effect 6 months 
before the examination date to prepare the written examinations 
required by 10 CFR 55.41 and 55.43 and the operating tests required by 
10 CFR 55.45 and to evaluate the written examinations and operating 
tests prepared by power reactor facility licensees. Preparing the 
written examinations and operating tests using the appropriate 
knowledge and abilities catalog, in conjunction with NUREG-1021, 
ensures that the

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written examinations and operating tests include a representative 
sample of the items specified in 10 CFR 55.41, 55.43, and 55.45.
    NUREG-2103, ``Knowledge and Abilities Catalog for Nuclear Power 
Plant Operators: Westinghouse AP1000 Pressurized Water Reactors'' 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML20357A103), was developed specifically for 
Westinghouse AP1000 PWRs. NUREG-1021, Appendix A, ``Overview of Generic 
Examination Concepts,'' explains that the knowledge and abilities 
catalogs provide the basis for the development of content-valid 
examinations for reactor operators (ROs) and senior reactor operators 
(SROs), consistent with the applicable testing industry standards. 
NUREG-1021, Appendix A further explains the concept of content-validity 
and states, in part, that ``[i]n the case of the NRC examinations, the 
intent is to measure the examinee's knowledge and ability (K/A) such 
that those who pass will be able to perform the duties of [an RO or an 
SRO] to ensure the safe operation of the plant.''
    In accordance with the guidance in NUREG-1021, Section ES-401N, 
``Preparing Initial Site-Specific Written Examinations,'' a sample plan 
needs to be prepared for each written examination. Section ES-401N 
states, in part, that this involves ``[s]ystematically and randomly 
select[ing] specific K/A statements (e.g., K1.03 or A2.11) from NUREG-
2103 (for AP-1000) . . . to complete each of the three tiers (i.e., 
Tier 1, `Emergency and Abnormal Plant Evolutions'; Tier 2, `Plant 
Systems'; and Tier 3, `Generic Knowledge and Abilities') of the 
applicable examination outline.'' For the AP1000, NUREG-1021, Form ES-
401N-2, ``AP1000 Examination Outline,'' is the applicable examination 
outline. Once the written examination outline is complete, written 
examination questions can be developed from the K/A statements selected 
for the examination as documented on the examination outline. The K/A 
catalog is also used to select topics for the operating test, which 
consists of an individual walkthrough portion and a simulator test 
portion.

III. Discussion

    Pursuant to 10 CFR 55.11, the Commission may, upon application by 
an interested person, or upon its own initiative, grant exemptions from 
the requirements of 10 CFR part 55, ``Operators' Licenses,'' as it 
determines (1) are authorized by law, (2) will not endanger life or 
property, and (3) are otherwise in the public interest.

A. The Exemption Is Authorized by Law

    Exemptions are authorized by law where they are not expressly 
prohibited by statute or regulation. A proposed exemption is implicitly 
authorized by law if it will not endanger life or property and is 
otherwise in the public interest and no other provisions in law 
prohibit, or otherwise restrict, its application. The NRC has reviewed 
the exemption request and finds that granting the proposed exemption 
will not result in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as 
amended, or other laws. Accordingly, the NRC finds that the exemption 
is authorized by law.

B. The Exemption Will Not Endanger Life or Property

    Pursuant to 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2), the Commission will approve an 
initial application for a license if it finds, in part, that the 
applicant has passed the requisite written examination and operating 
test in accordance with 10 CFR 55.41 and 55.45 or 55.43 and 55.45. 
These examinations and tests determine whether the applicant for an 
operator's license has learned to operate a facility competently and 
safely, and additionally, in the case of a senior operator, whether the 
applicant has learned to direct the licensed activities of licensed 
operators competently and safely. Competent and safe operators protect 
against endangerment of life or property. Accordingly, where 
examinations and tests adequately determine who is competent, those 
examinations and tests are protective of and do not endanger life or 
property.
    The 72 licensed operator candidates identified in the enclosure of 
the letter dated October 1, 2021, already took and passed an NRC 
written examination and an operating test for VEGP Unit 3, which were 
prepared and evaluated using the criteria in NUREG-1021 and the K/As in 
NUREG-2103. An NRC examination for VEGP Unit 4 would also use the 
criteria in NUREG-1021 and the K/As in NUREG-2103 to define its scope, 
format, and content. Specific test items, such as the individual 
written examination questions, would therefore be applicable to both 
VEGP Units 3 and 4, unless there were differences between the two units 
that could alter the content of a particular test item or job 
performance measure (JPM).
    As discussed in Enclosure 1, Section 2.0, of the letter dated July 
8, 2021, SNC conducted an analysis to identify and evaluate the 
differences between VEGP Units 3 and 4 and to determine whether they 
would impact how operators perform tasks at each unit. SNC concluded 
that there were a few minor differences identified to date in the Waste 
Water and Offsite Power Systems. The differences between VEGP Units 3 
and 4 related to the Waste Water Systems consisted of naming and 
indication differences only, and SNC stated that these differences do 
not impact how operators perform tasks. The difference between VEGP 
Units 3 and 4 related to the Offsite Power Systems is a physical 
difference, in that VEGP Unit 3 is connected to a 230 kilovolt (kV) 
switchyard and VEGP Unit 4 is connected to a 500 kV switchyard. 
Although the voltages of the switchyards are different between VEGP 
Units 3 and 4, SNC's analysis concluded that all components manipulated 
by operators are mechanically identical and are operated identically 
despite having different labels and designators. As a result, the 
identified differences in the Offsite Power Systems have no operational 
impact in performing Abnormal or Emergency Operating Procedures. SNC 
also conducted a Training Needs Analysis, and this analysis concluded 
that the differences between VEGP Units 3 and 4 require no additional 
training and that no new/modified examination questions, scenarios, or 
JPMs are needed. Therefore, the NRC written examination and operating 
test for VEGP Unit 3 already taken and passed by the 72 licensed 
operator candidates was of the same structure, scope, and format as the 
NRC written examination and operating test that they would have to take 
for VEGP Unit 4, and it also tested topics that are relevant to the 
operation of both VEGP Units 3 and 4.
    In Enclosure 1, Section 4.0, of the letter dated July 8, 2021, SNC 
states, in part, that the VEGP Units 3 and 4 ``continuing training 
program is based on the requirements defined in 10 CFR part 55.59 and 
is accredited through the National Academy for Nuclear Training.'' In 
addition, the training program uses a systematic approach to training 
process to assess whether differences impact operators' performance of 
tasks on each unit and also the extent to which the training program 
needs to be adjusted to ensure that operators are adequately trained to 
perform those tasks at both units.
    Based on the above, the NRC determined that the 72 licensed 
operator candidates' knowledge and abilities associated with the 
operation of VEGP Unit 4 have already been assessed by the NRC written 
examination and operating test given for VEGP Unit 3, and that by 
passing that examination and test, these individuals have demonstrated 
that they are also

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competent to safely operate VEGP Unit 4. Accordingly, the NRC finds 
that the exemption will not endanger life or property.

C. The Exemption Is Otherwise in the Public Interest

    The Commission's values guide the NRC in maintaining certain 
principles of good regulation as it carries out regulatory activities 
in furtherance of its safety and security mission. These principles 
focus the NRC on ensuring safety and security while appropriately 
considering the interests of the NRC's stakeholders, including the 
public and licensees. These principles are Independence, Openness, 
Efficiency, Clarity, and Reliability. Independence relates to NRC 
decisions being based on objective, unbiased assessments of all 
information. Openness relates to the NRC conducting its regulatory 
activities publicly and candidly. Efficiency relates to the NRC 
ensuring that its regulatory activities are consistent with the degree 
of risk reduction they achieve; adopting the option, where several 
effective alternatives are available, that minimizes the use of 
resources; and making regulatory decisions without delay. Clarity 
relates to NRC positions being readily understood and easily applied. 
Reliability relates to established regulations being perceived to be 
reliable and not unjustifiably in a state of transition. The NRC's 
principles of good regulation can also provide guidance as to whether 
the granting of a particular exemption is otherwise in the public 
interest.
    On balance, the NRC's principles of good regulation demonstrate 
that the granting of the requested exemption is otherwise in the public 
interest. First, as clearly, openly, and independently determined 
above, the 72 licensed operator candidates identified in the enclosure 
of the October 1, 2021, letter each passed a written examination and 
operating test for VEGP Unit 3 that also covered all content that is 
applicable to VEGP Unit 4.
    Second, concerning the principle of efficiency, in Enclosure 1, 
Section 5.3, of the July 8, 2021, letter, SNC explained that if the 
exemption is granted, then training resources will be available to meet 
other site training needs and to ensure that trained operations 
personnel are available to support ongoing activities at VEGP Unit 3 
including testing and fuel load. The NRC staff will also not have to 
devote resources to preparing and validating additional written 
examinations and operating tests for these 72 licensed operator 
candidates. Additionally, these operators will be able to remain in the 
continuing training program for VEGP Units 3 and 4, which will help to 
ensure that they maintain proficiency in topics included in the initial 
training program and that they also receive training on any changes 
made to the plant design or procedures prior to fuel load and plant 
operation. For these reasons, the NRC finds that granting the exemption 
is an effective and efficient alternative to requiring the 72 licensed 
operator candidates to take another written examination and operating 
test to be licensed on VEGP Unit 4.
    Finally, concerning the principle of reliability, the NRC has 
already found that the 72 licensed operator candidates have the 
necessary knowledge and abilities to operate VEGP Unit 3 safely and 
competently. As discussed above, by granting the requested exemption, 
the substantive requirements upon the licensed operator candidates are 
unchanged. Furthermore, the public has an interest in reliability in 
terms of the stability of the nuclear regulatory planning process. If 
granted, this exemption aids planning by the NRC and the industry by 
allowing the 72 license operator candidates to complete their 
applications sooner, with the underlying requirements essentially 
unchanged, and could result in licensing decisions being made earlier 
than would be possible if the candidates had to wait to also take a 
written examination and operating test for VEGP Unit 4.
    Based on the above, the NRC finds that the exemption is otherwise 
in the public interest.

D. Environmental Considerations

    The NRC has determined that granting this exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR 55.31(a)(3) and 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2) involves (i) 
no significant hazards consideration, (ii) no significant change in the 
types or significant increase in the amounts of any effluents that may 
be released offsite, (iii) no significant increase in individual or 
cumulative public or occupational radiation exposure, (iv) no 
significant construction impact, and (v) no significant increase in the 
potential for or consequences from radiological accidents.
    The granting of this exemption involves no significant hazards 
consideration because:
     The exemption does not alter the design, function, or 
operation of any plant equipment; therefore, granting the exemption 
would not increase the probability or consequences of an accident 
previously evaluated.
     The exemption does not create any new accident initiators; 
therefore, granting the exemption would not create the possibility of a 
new or different kind of accident from any accident previously 
evaluated.
     The exemption does not exceed or alter a design basis or 
safety limit; therefore, granting the exemption would not involve a 
significant reduction in a margin of safety.
    There is no significant change in the types or significant increase 
in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite because 
this exemption does not affect any effluent release limits as provided 
in the facility licensee's technical specifications or the regulations 
in 10 CFR part 20, ``Standards for Protection Against Radiation.'' 
There is no significant increase in individual or cumulative public or 
occupational radiation exposure because the exemption does not affect 
the limits provided in 10 CFR part 20 for radiation exposure to workers 
or members of the public. There is no significant construction impact 
because the exemption does not involve any construction activities or 
changes to a construction permit. There is no significant increase in 
the potential for or consequences from radiological accidents because 
the exemption does not alter any of the assumptions or limits in the 
facility licensee's safety analysis.
    The NRC determined, per 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(vi)(E), that the 
requirements from which the exemption is sought involve education, 
training, experience, qualification, requalification, or other 
employment suitability requirements. Accordingly, the exemption meets 
the eligibility criteria for categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 
51.22(c)(25). Therefore, in accordance with 10 CFR 51.22(b), no 
environmental impact statement or environmental assessment need be 
prepared in connection with granting the requested exemption.

IV. Conclusion

    Accordingly, the Commission has determined that, pursuant to 10 CFR 
55.11, the exemption is authorized by law, will not endanger life or 
property, and is otherwise in the public interest. Therefore, effective 
immediately, the Commission hereby grants the request to exempt the 72 
licensed operator candidates listed in the enclosure of letter dated 
October 1, 2021, from the 10 CFR 55.31(a)(3) and 10 CFR 55.33(a)(2) 
requirements that a written examination and operating test be requested 
and administered to them for VEGP Unit 4, effectively giving these 
candidates credit for the written examination and

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operating test that they already took and passed for VEGP Unit 3.

    Dated: November 22, 2021.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Gregory T. Bowman,
Director, Vogtle Project Office, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
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