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Proposed Generic Communication; Clarification of Post-Fire Safe-Shutdown Circuit Regulatory Requirements
Document Number: E5-2377
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-13
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to issue a regulatory information summary (RIS) to clarify regulatory requirement issues associated with post-fire safe-shutdown circuit analyses and protection, particularly the requirements of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50 (10 CFR 50), Appendix R, which have been interpreted by licensees in a manner that is not consistent with regulatory expectations. The industry and NRC regional inspectors have requested clarification of regulatory expectations with respect to post-fire safe-shutdown circuits. In addition, clarification of these requirements will assist licensees in evaluating the transition to a risk-informed, performance-based fire protection program. Three terms are to be addressed in this RIS: ``any-and-all'' (with respect to spurious actuations), ``associated circuits,'' and ``emergency control station.'' Clarification of the term ``one-at-a- time'' (with respect to spurious actuations) will be provided in a separate generic communication. For each term addressed, this RIS identifies the applicable NRC regulatory requirement, provides the regulatory expectation with respect to the requirement, and specifies one acceptable approach to achieving regulatory compliance. Attachment 1 to this RIS provides additional discussion that explains the basis for the regulatory expectations, including a discussion of the various ways in which each term or phrase has been interpreted by stakeholders. This RIS also gives the staff's views on the use of Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) guidance document NEI 00-01, ``Guidance for Post-Fire Safe Shutdown Circuit Analysis,'' Revision 1 (ML050310295), in complying with Appendix R. The deterministic methodology presented in NEI 00-01, in conjunction with the guidance in this RIS, is one acceptable approach to achieving regulatory compliance with post-fire safe-shutdown circuit protection requirements. Note that RIS 2004-03, Revision 1, ``Risk-Informed Approach for Post-Fire Safe-Shutdown Circuit Inspections'' (ML042440791) provides guidance on conducting risk-informed circuit inspections, whereas this RIS clarifies the regulatory requirements for compliance with Appendix R. This Federal Register notice is available through the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) under accession number ML051110160.
Draft Regulatory Guide; Issuance, Availability
Document Number: E5-2349
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-12
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E5-2340
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-12
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The NRC has recently submitted to OMB for review the following proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The NRC hereby informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: Revision. 2. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR part 52, ``Early Site Permits (ESP); Standard Design Certifications; and Combined Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants''. 3. The form number if applicable: Not applicable. 4. How often the collection is required: On occasion and every 10 to 20 years for applications for renewal. 5. Who will be required or asked to report: Designers of commercial nuclear power plants, electric power companies, and any person eligible under the Atomic Energy Act to apply for a construction permit for a nuclear power plant. 6. An estimate of the number of annual responses: 5. 7. The estimated number of annual respondents: 3 (2 early site permit applicants, 2 combined license applicants, and 4 design certification applicants are expected over a 3 year period.) 8. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 185,181 hours (37,036 hours per response). 9. An indication of whether Section 3507(d), Pub. L. 104-13 applies: Not applicable. 10. Abstract: 10 CFR part 52 establishes requirements for the granting of early site permits, certifications of standard nuclear power plant designs, and licenses which combine in a single license a construction permit, and an operating license with conditions (combined licenses), manufacturing licenses, standard design approvals, and pre-application reviews of site suitability issues. Part 52 also establishes requirements for renewal of those approvals, permits, certifications, and licenses; amendments to them; exemptions from certifications; and variances from early site permits. NRC uses the information collected to assess the adequacy and suitability of an applicant's site, plant design, construction, training and experience, and plans and procedures for the protection of public health and safety. The NRC review of such information and the findings derived from that information from the basis of NRC decisions and actions concerning the issuance, modification, or revocation of site permits, design certifications, combined licenses, and manufacturing licenses for nuclear power plants. A copy of the final supporting statement may be viewed free of charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O-1 F21, Rockville, MD 20852. OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC Worldwide Web site: http:// www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment/omb/index.html. The document will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer listed below by June 13, 2005. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given to comments received after this date. John A. Asalone, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (3150- 0151), NEOB-10202, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Comments can also be e-mailed to JohnA.Asalone@omb.eop.gov or submitted by telephone at (202) 395-4650. The NRC Clearance Officer is Brenda Jo. Shelton, 301-415-7233.
Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 05-9571
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-12
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100 Revision; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 05-9448
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-12
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing a direct final rule that would have revised the Holtec International HI- STORM 100 cask system listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to include Amendment No. 2 to the Certificate of Compliance. The NRC is taking this action because it has received significant adverse comments in response to an identical proposed rule which was concurrently published with the direct final rule.
Sunshine Federal Register Notice
Document Number: 05-9263
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Availability of Model Application Concerning Technical Specification; Improvement To Modify Requirements Regarding Steam Generator Tube Integrity; Using the Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process
Document Number: E5-2208
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that the staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a model application related to the revision of technical specifications (TS) on steam generator tube integrity for pressurized water reactors (PWRs). The purpose of this model is to permit the NRC to efficiently process amendments that propose to revise TS for steam generator tube integrity. Licensees of nuclear power reactors to which the model applies may request amendments utilizing the model application.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-8946
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-05
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The NRC is preparing a submittal to OMB for review of continued approval of information collections under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Information pertaining to the requirement to be submitted: 1. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR part 33-Specific Domestic Licenses of Broad Scope for Byproduct Material. 2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0015. 3. How often the collection is required: There is a one-time submittal of information to receive a license. Once a specific license has been issued, there is a 10-year resubmittal of the information for renewal of the license. 4. Who is required or asked to report: All applicants requesting a license of broad scope for byproduct material and all current licensees requesting renewal of a broad scope license. 5. The estimated number of annual respondents: 1. 6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 1. 7. Abstract: 10 CFR part 33 contains mandatory requirements for the issuance of a broad scope license authorizing the use of byproduct material. The subparts cover specific requirements for obtaining a license of broad scope. These requirements include equipment, facilities, personnel, and procedures adequate to protect health and minimize danger to life or property. Submit, by July 5, 2005, comments that address the following questions: 1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility? 2. Is the burden estimate accurate? 3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? 4. How can the burden of the information collection be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology? A copy of the draft supporting statement may be viewed free of charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O-1 F21, Rockville, MD 20852. OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC worldwide Web site: http:// www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment/omb/index.html. The document will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments and questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the NRC Clearance Officer, Brenda Jo. Shelton, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, T-5 F53, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by telephone at 301-415-7233, or by Internet electronic mail to INFOCOLLECTS@NRC.GOV.
Notice of Opportunity To Comment on Model Safety Evaluation on Technical Specification Improvement for Combustion Engineering Plants to Risk-Inform Requirements Regarding Selected Required Action End States Using the Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process
Document Number: E5-2174
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that the staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a model safety evaluation (SE) relating to changes in Combustion Engineering (CE) plant required action end state requirements in technical specifications (TS). The NRC staff has also prepared a model no-significant-hazards-consideration (NSHC) determination relating to this matter. The purpose of these models is to permit the NRC to efficiently process amendments that propose to adopt technical specifications changes, designated as TSTF- 422, related to Topical Report CE NPSD-1186, Rev. 00, ``Technical Justification for the Risk Informed Modification to Selected Required Action End States for CEOG PWRs,'' which was approved by an NRC SE dated July 17, 2001. Licensees of CE nuclear power reactors to which the models apply could then request amendments, confirming the applicability of the SE and NSHC determination to their reactors. The NRC staff is requesting comment on the model SE and model NSHC determination prior to announcing their availability for referencing in license amendment applications.
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards Meeting of the Subcommittee on Early Site Permits; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E5-2173
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeuards Subcommittee Meeting on Fire Protection; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E5-2172
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Availability of Model Application Concerning Technical Specification Improvement To Modify Requirements Regarding the Addition of Limiting Condition for Operation 3.0.8 on the Inoperability of Snubbers Using the Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process
Document Number: E5-2171
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that the staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a model application relating to the modification of requirements regarding the impact of inoperable snubbers not in technical specifications, on supported systems in technical specifications (TS). The purpose of this model is to permit the NRC to efficiently process amendments that propose to modify requirements by adding to the TS a limiting condition for operation (LCO) 3.0.8 that provides a delay time for entering a supported system TS when the inoperability is due solely to an inoperable snubber, if risk is assessed and managed, as generically approved by this notice. Licensees of nuclear power reactors to which the model applies could request amendments utilizing the model application.
Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material; Solicitation of Comments on Proposed Changes
Document Number: C5-8371
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-04
Agency: Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2; Exemption
Document Number: E5-2109
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2; Exemption
Document Number: E5-2107
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Request to Amend a License for the Export of Radioactive Waste
Document Number: E5-2106
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act; Meetings
Document Number: 05-8872
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NUHOMS®-24PT4 Revision (Amendment 1), Confirmation of Effective Date
Document Number: 05-8759
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of May 16, 2005, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on February 28, 2005 (70 FR 9501). This direct final rule amended the NRC's regulations to revise the Standardized Advanced NUHOMS[supreg] System listing to include Amendment No. 1 to Certificate of Compliance Number (CoC No.) 1029.
Availability of Interagency Steering Committee on Radiation Standards' Reports on Radioactivity in Sewage Sludge and Ash
Document Number: E5-2071
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This Federal Register notice announces the availability of two final reports, prepared by the Sewage Sludge Subcommittee of the Interagency Steering Committee on Radiation Standards (ISCORS), addressing radioactivity in sewage sludge and ash at publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The first report, ``ISCORS Assessment of Radioactivity in Sewage Sludge: Modeling to Assess Radiation Doses,'' assesses the potential levels of radiation doses to people from radioactivity in sewage sludge, by modeling the transport of radioactivity from sludge into the local environment. The report also provides a complete description and justification of the dose assessment methodology. The second report, ``ISCORS Assessment of Radioactivity in Sewage Sludge: Recommendations on Management of Radioactive Materials in Sewage Sludge and Ash at Publicly Owned Treatment Works,'' is written for POTW operators. This report is intended to (1) alert POTW operators and others to the possibility of radioactive materials concentrating in sewage sludge and incinerator ash, (2) inform operators how to determine if there are elevated levels of radioactivity in their sludge, and (3) assist POTW operators in identifying further actions that may be taken to reduce potential radiation exposures from sludge and ash.
In the Matter of Andrew Siemaszko; Order Prohibiting Involvement in NRC-Licensed Activities
Document Number: E5-2070
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Report to Congress on Abnormal Occurrences Fiscal Year 2004 Dissemination of Information
Document Number: 05-8173
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Issuance of Amendment to Materials License No. SNM-2510; Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Rancho SECO Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation
Document Number: E5-2051
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) has issued Amendment 2 to Materials License SNM-2510 held by Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for the receipt, possession, transfer, and storage of spent fuel at the Rancho Seco Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI), located on the site of the Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station located in Sacramento County, California. The amendment is effective as of the date of issuance.
Entergy Operations, Inc.; Notice of Issuance of Amendment to Facility Operating License
Document Number: E5-2038
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
TXU Generation Company, LP; Notice of Withdrawal of Application for Amendment to Facility Operating Licenses
Document Number: E5-2036
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E5-1984
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The NRC has recently submitted to OMB for review the following proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The NRC hereby informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: Extension. 2. The title of the information collection: NRC Form 536, ``Operator Licensing Examination Data.'' 3. The form number if applicable: NRC Form 536. 4. How often the collection is required: Annually. 5. Who will be required or asked to report: All holders of operator licenses or construction permits for nuclear power reactors. 6. An estimate of the number of annual responses: 80. 7. The estimated number of annual respondents: 80. 8. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 80. 9. An indication of whether Section 3507(d), Pub. L. 104-13 applies: Not applicable. 10. Abstract: NRC is requesting renewal of its clearance to annually request all commercial power reactor licensees and applicants for an operating license to voluntarily send to the NRC: (1) Their projected number of candidates for operator licensing initial examinations; (2) the estimated dates of the examinations; (3) if the examination will be facility developed or NRC developed, and (4) the estimated number of individuals that will participate in the Generic Fundamentals Examination (GFE) for that calendar year. Except for the GFE, this information is used to plan budgets and resources in regard to operator examination scheduling in order to meet the needs of the nuclear industry. A copy of the final supporting statement may be viewed free of charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O-1 F21, Rockville, MD 20852. OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC worldwide Web site: http:// www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment/omb/index.html. The document will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer listed below by May 27, 2005. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given to comments received after this date. John A. Asalone, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (3150-0131), NEOB-10202, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Comments can also be e-mailed to JohnA.Asalone@omb.eop.gov or submitted by telephone at (202) 395-4650. The NRC Clearance Officer is Brenda Jo. Shelton, (301) 415-7233.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E5-1983
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The NRC has recently submitted to OMB for review the following proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The NRC hereby informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a current valid OMB control number. 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: Revision. 2. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR Part 36 Licenses and Radiation Safety Requirements for Irradiators. 3. The form number if applicable: Not applicable. 4. How often the collection is required: On occasion. It is estimated that there are approximately 3 NRC and 10 Agreement State reports submitted annually. 5. Who will be required or asked to report: Irradiator licensees licensed by NRC or an Agreement State. 6. An estimate of the number of responses: 108 {13 for reporting (3 NRC licensees and 10 Agreement States) 95 for recordkeeping (19 NRC licensees and 76 Agreement States){time} 7. The estimated number of annual respondents: 95 (19 NRC licensees and 76 Agreement State licensees). 8. An estimate of the number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 44,356 (8,872 hours for NRC licensees [8,712 recordkeeping + 160 reporting] and 35,484 hours for Agreement State licensees [34,846 recordkeeping + 638 reporting]), or 467 hours per licensee. 9. An indication of whether Section 3507(d), Pub. L. 104-13 applies: Not applicable. 10. Abstract: 10 CFR Part 36 contains requirements for the issuance of a license authorizing the use of sealed sources containing radioactive materials in irradiators used to irradiate objects or materials for a variety of purposes in research, industry, and other fields. The subparts cover specific requirements for obtaining a license or license exemption, design and performance criteria for irradiators; and radiation safety requirements for operating irradiators, including requirements for operator training, written operating and emergency procedures, personnel monitoring, radiation surveys, inspection, and maintenance. Part 36 also contains the recordkeeping and reporting requirements that are necessary to ensure that the irradiator is being safely operated so that it poses no danger to the health and safety of the general public and the irradiator employees. A copy of the final supporting statement may be viewed free of charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O-1 F23, Rockville, MD 20852. OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC worldwide Web site: http:// www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment/omb/index.html. The document will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer listed below by May 27, 2005. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given to comments received after this date. John Asalone, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (3150-0158), NEOB-10202, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Comments can also be submitted by telephone at (202) 395-3087. The NRC Clearance Officer is Brenda Jo. Shelton, 301-415-7233.
Sunshine Act; Meetings
Document Number: 05-8493
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material; Solicitation of Comments on Proposed Changes
Document Number: 05-8371
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) are jointly seeking comments on proposed changes to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (referred to as TS-R-1). The proposed changes were submitted by the U.S. and other IAEA member states and International Organizations, and might necessitate subsequent domestic compatibility rulemakings by both the NRC and the DOT.
Entergy Operations, Inc.; Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2; Exemption
Document Number: E5-1968
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-26
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Application for License To Export Major Components for Nuclear Reactors
Document Number: 05-8266
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-26
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions