Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
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.
Risk-Informed Changes to Loss-of-Coolant Accident Technical Requirements
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposes to amend its regulations to permit current power reactor licensees to implement a voluntary, risk-informed alternative to the current requirements for analyzing the performance of emergency core cooling systems (ECCS) during loss-of-coolant accidents (LOCAs). In addition, the proposed rule would establish procedures and criteria for requesting changes in plant design and procedures based upon the results of the new analyses of ECCS performance during LOCAs.
Design Basis Threat
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern the requirements pertaining to design basis threat (DBT). The proposed rule would amend the Commission's regulations to, among other things, make generically applicable the security requirements previously imposed by the Commission's April 29, 2003 DBT orders, which applied to existing licensees, and redefine the level of security requirements necessary to ensure that the public health and safety and common defense and security are adequately protected. The proposed rule would revise the DBT requirements for radiological sabotage (applied to power reactors and Category I fuel cycle facilities), and theft or diversion of NRC-licensed Strategic Special Nuclear Material (SSNM) (applied to Category I fuel cycle facilities). The NRC has developed draft Regulatory Guides (RGs) that provide guidance to licensees concerning the DBT for radiological sabotage and theft and diversion. These draft RGs have limited distribution because they contain either safeguards or classified information. The specific details related to the threat, which contain both safeguards information (SGI) and classified information, are contained in adversary characteristics documents (ACDs) that are not publicly available. These documents include specific details of the attributes of the threat consistent with the requirements imposed in the April 29, 2003, DBT orders. Additionally, a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM-73-12), filed by the Committee to Bridge the Gap, was considered as part of this proposed rulemaking; the NRC's disposition of this petition is contained in this document.
Notice of Availability of Model Application Concerning Elimination of Typical License Condition Requiring Reporting of Violations of Section 2.C of Operating License Using the Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process
Notice is hereby given that the staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a model application related to the elimination of the license condition that requires reporting of violations of other requirements (typically in License Condition 2.C) in the operating license of some commercial nuclear power plants. The purpose of this model is to permit the NRC to efficiently process amendments that propose to delete the reporting requirement from operating licenses. Licensees of nuclear power reactors to which the model applies may request amendments using the model application.
Implementation of a Dose Standard After 10,000 Years; Extension of Comment Period
On September 8, 2005 (70 FR 53313), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published for public comment a proposed rule that would amend its regulations governing the disposal of high-level radioactive wastes in a proposed geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The proposed rule would implement the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed standards for doses that could occur after 10,000 years but within the period of geologic stability. The comment period for EPA's proposed standards currently expires on November 21, 2005 (extended 30 days from October 21, 2005); the comment period for NRC's proposed rule currently expires on November 7, 2005. A letter was received from U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign from the State of Nevada requesting that the comment period for NRC's proposed rule be extended to a total of 180 days, or at least past the date of EPA's 30-day extension. Another letter representing several citizen and environmental groups requested that the deadline for comments be extended to 180 days. In addition, a letter from the Agency for Nuclear Projects, on behalf of the State of Nevada, requested that NRC extend its comment period for an additional 30 days, consistent with EPA's 30-day extension of its comment period. Given the interrelationship between these two proposed rules, and for consistency with the ongoing EPA rulemaking process, NRC has decided to extend the comment period for its rulemaking an additional 30 days to December 7, 2005, for a total comment period of 90 days. In vacating the compliance period in NRC's rule at 10 CFR part 63, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has made clear that it is ``NRC's obligation under the [Energy Policy Act of 1992] to maintain licensing criteria that are consistent with the public health and safety standards promulgated by EPA.'' See Nuclear Energy Institute, Inc. v. EPA, 373 F.3d 1251, 1299 (D.C. Cir. 2004). Thus NRC's proposed rule, for the most part, simply implements EPA's proposed standards for doses that could occur after 10,000 years but within the period of geologic stability, and its final rule will need to implement any changes EPA may make with respect to its standards. NRC's proposed rule provides further detail for implementing the EPA standard in only two specific areas: A value to represent climate change after 10,000 years; and a requirement that calculations of radiation doses for workers use the same weighting factors that EPA is proposing for calculating individual doses to members of the public. A lengthy period of time should not be needed by potential commenters to address these issues. Hence the NRC's 30-day extension is believed to be appropriate.
Notice of Public Scoping Meeting and Solicitation of Scoping Comments Related to the Standard Review Plan for Waste Determination Reviews
The NRC announces its intent to conduct a public scoping meeting to present an overview of the proposed outline for the Standard Review Plan (SRP) for Waste Determination Reviews and to accept oral and written public comments. The meeting date, time and location are listed below: Meeting Date: Thursday, November 10, 2005. Meeting Location: Hilton Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877, 301-977-8900, http://www.hilton.com/ en/ hi/hotels/index.jhtml; jsessionid= LMCCLDIIWRZ1KCSG BIX2VCQKIYFCXUUC? ctyhocn=GAIGHHF. SRP Meeting Agenda: 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Meeting Registration 1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Welcome & Introductory Remarks 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. NRC Roles & Responsibilities 1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. SRP Overview 2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Questions 2:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Break 2:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Comments on the Scope of the SRP 4:45 p.m.-5 p.m. Closing Remarks
Rulemaking To Establish a Regulatory Framework for the Expanded Definition of Byproduct Material Established by the Energy Policy Act; Meeting
Section 651(e) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 expanded the definition of byproduct material as defined in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. To comply with the Congressional mandate, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is changing its regulations to expand the definition of byproduct material to include the following materials produced, extracted, or converted after extraction for use for commercial, medical, or research activities: (1) Discrete sources of radium-226, (2) accelerator-produced radioactive material, and (3) discrete sources of naturally occurring radioactive material, other than source material, that the Commission, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and other appropriate Federal agencies, determines would pose a threat to public health and safety or the common defense and security similar to the threat posed by a discrete source of radium-226. To aid in the rulemaking process, NRC is holding a public meeting with a ``roundtable'' format (defined further in the body of this notice) to solicit input, that may be useful in drafting a proposed rule, from stakeholders. The meeting is open to the public, and all interested parties may attend. Individuals unable to attend the meeting will be able to listen by teleconference.
Price-Anderson Act Financial Protection Regulations and Elimination of Antitrust Reviews
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to conform with the requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The revised regulations include Congress's prescribed increase in the amount of the required annual financial contributions required from commercial reactors in the event of a nuclear accident to pay for third party liability under the Price-Anderson Act. Another revision provides Congress's accommodation for modular reactors, which permits a defined combination of these reactors to be considered a single reactor for the determination of financial obligations under the Price-Anderson Act. Additional revisions, essentially deletions, result from Congress's terminating NRC's authority and responsibility to conduct antitrust reviews of future applications to construct or operate a nuclear reactor.
Notice of Availability of NUREG-1833, “Technical Bases for Revision to the License Renewal Guidance Documents”
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing NUREG- 1833, ``Technical Bases for Revision to the License Renewal Guidance Documents.'' This document describes the technical bases for the revision of NUREG-1801, ``Generic Aging Lessons Learned (GALL) Report'' and NUREG-1800 ``Standard Review Plan for the Review of License Renewal Applications for Nuclear Power Plants'' (SRP-LR).
Fifth International MACCS Users' Group Meeting
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will conduct the 5th International MACCS Users' Group (IMUG) Meeting, on March 10, 2006, at a location near the NRC's Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be open to public observation.
Solicitation of Public Comments on the Implementation of the Reactor Oversight Process
Over 5 years have elapsed since the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) implemented its revised Reactor Oversight Process (ROP). The NRC is currently soliciting comments from members of the public, licensees, and interest groups related to the implementation of the ROP. An electronic version of the survey questions may be obtained from http://www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/rop2005survey.pdf. This solicitation will provide insights into the self-assessment process and a summary of the feedback will be included in the annual ROP self- assessment report to the Commission.
Proposed Generic Communication; Post-Fire Safe-Shutdown Circuit Analysis Spurious Actuations
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to issue a generic letter (GL) to: (1) Request addressees to review their fire protection program to confirm compliance with existing applicable regulatory requirements regarding their assumptions of the phrase ``one-at-a-time'' in light of the information provided in this GL and, if appropriate, take additional actions to return to compliance. Specifically, although some licensees have performed their post-fire, safe-shutdown circuit analyses based on an assumption of only a single spurious actuation per fire event or that spurious actuations will occur ``one-at-a-time,'' recent industry cable fire test results demonstrated that these assumptions are not valid. (2) Require addressees to submit a written response to the NRC in accordance with NRC regulations in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 50.54(f) (10 CFR 50.54(f)). This Federal Register notice is available through the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) under accession number ML051650017.
Nuclear Management Company, Palisades Plant; Notice of Correction to Individual Notice for Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
This document corrects a notice appearing in the Federal Register on October 4, 2005 (70 FR 57899), that incorrectly referred to Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc. This action is necessary to correct the erroneous information.
Proposed Revision of the NRC Enforcement Policy
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering a revision to its Enforcement Policy (Policy), Supplement VII, to change the criteria considered when determining the Severity Level of violations of the NRC's employee protection regulations.