Biweekly Notice Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations; Correction
This document corrects a notice appearing in the Federal Register on December 2, 2008 (73 FR 73351), that lists all notices of amendments issued, or proposed to be issued from November 6, 2008, to November 19, 2008. This action is necessary to correct an erroneous amendment number.
Notice of Availability of Model Safety Evaluation, Model No Significant Hazards Determination, and Model Application for Licensees That Wish To Adopt TSTF-511, Revision 0, “Eliminate Working Hour Restrictions From TS 5.2.2 To Support Compliance With 10 CFR Part 26”
Notice is hereby given that the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved TSTF-511, Revision 0, ``Eliminate Working Hour Restrictions from TS 5.2.2 to Support Compliance with 10 CFR Part 26,'' and has prepared a model license amendment request (LAR), model safety evaluation (SE), and model proposed no significant hazards consideration (NSHC) determination related to deletion of paragraph d of Technical Specification (TS) 5.2.2 in Standard Technical Specifications (STS). The purpose of these models is to permit the NRC to efficiently process license amendment applications that propose to adopt TSTF-511, Revision 0. TSTF-511, Revision 0 revises the Administrative Controls section of STS to support compliance with a recent revision to 10 CFR Part 26, ``Fitness For Duty Programs.'' Licensees of nuclear power reactors to which the model applies may request amendments using the model application. The NRC issued a Federal Register notice (73 FR 16966, March 31, 2008) of the issuance of a final rule that amended 10 CFR Part 26. The revised regulations in 10 CFR Part 26, Subpart I supersede working hour restrictions contained in TS. The NRC staff hereby announces that the model SE and NSHC determination may be referenced in plant-specific applications to adopt the changes. The NRC staff can most efficiently consider applications based upon the model application if the application is submitted within a year of this Federal Register notice.
Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes: Meeting Notice
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will convene a teleconference meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI) on January 22, 2009, to discuss a subcommittee recommendation for individuals to achieve Authorized User status via a board certification pathway when a gap exists between the completion of training and experience and issuance of the board certificate. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be available at http://www.nrc.gov/ reading-rm/doc-collections/acmui/agenda or by contacting Ms. Ashley Tull using the information below.
Regulatory Changes To Implement the Additional Protocol to the US/IAEA Safeguards Agreement
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to implement the Protocol Additional to the Agreement Between the United States of America and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the Application of Safeguards in the United States of America (Additional Protocol). The Additional Protocol requires the U.S. to report additional information on various nuclear fuel cycle- related activities and to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with access to those locations beyond the information currently reported for nuclear facilities under the existing Agreement Between the United States of America and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the Application of Safeguards in the United States of America (Safeguards Agreement). The amended regulations codify the requirement for certain NRC and Agreement State licensees to report information and provide access under the Additional Protocol that are currently not subject to inspections or reporting under the Safeguards Agreement. These amendments enable the U.S. Government to meet its obligations related to the Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol.
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Renewal
The Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards was established by Section 29 of the Atomic Energy Act (AEA) of 1954, as amended. Its purpose is to provide advice to the Commission with regard to the hazards of proposed or existing reactor facilities, to review each application for a construction permit or operating license for certain facilities specified in the AEA, and such other duties as the Commission may request. The AEA as amended by Public Law 100-456 also specifies that the Defense Nuclear Safety Board may obtain the advice and recommendations of the ACRS. Membership on the Committee includes individuals experienced in reactor operations, management; probabilistic risk assessment; analysis of reactor accident phenomena; design of nuclear power plant structures, systems and components; materials science; and mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that renewal of the charter for the ACRS until December 11, 2010, is in the public interest in connection with the statutory responsibilities assigned to the ACRS. This action is being taken in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Notice of Availability of the Final Interim Staff Guidance DC/COL-ISG-08 on the Necessary Content of Plant-Specific Technical Specifications for a Combined License
The NRC is issuing its Final Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) DC/ COL-ISG-08 (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML083310259). The purpose of this ISG is to change the NRC staff position on the necessary content of plant-specific technical specifications (PTS) when a combined license (COL) is issued. This ISG clarifies the staff guidance contained in Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.206, ``Combined License Applications for Nuclear Power Plants,'' Section C.III.4.3, ``Combined License Information Items That Cannot Be Resolved Before the Issuance of a License,'' and replaces the related guidance in NUREG-0800, ``Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants,'' Chapter 16.0, ``Technical Specifications,'' Revision 2, dated March 2007, regarding the content of PTS to support issuing a COL. The NRC staff issues DC/COL-ISGs to facilitate timely implementation of the current staff guidance and to facilitate activities associated with the review of applications for standard design certifications (DCs) and COLs by the Office of New Reactors. The NRC staff will also incorporate the approved DC/COL-ISG- 08 into the next revisions of RG 1.206 and the Standard Review Plan 16.0, and any related guidance documents. Disposition: On October 8, 2008, the staff issued the proposed ISG ``Interim Staff Guidance on the Necessary Content of Plant-Specific Technical Specifications for a Combined License,'' (DC/COL-ISG-008) (ADAMS Accession No. ML082520707) to solicit public and industry comment. The staff did not receive any comments on the draft ISG. Therefore, the ISG is now being issued for use.
Licensing Support System Advisory Review Panel
The Licensing Support System Advisory Review Panel was established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Federal Advisory Committee in 1989. Its purpose was to provide advice on the fundamental issues of design and development of an electronic information management system to be used to store and retrieve documents relating to the licensing of a geologic repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste, and on the operation and maintenance of the system. This electronic information management system was known as the Licensing Support System (LSS). In November, 1998 the Commission approved amendments to 10 CFR Part 2 that renamed the Licensing Support System Advisory Review Panel as the Licensing Support Network Advisory Review Panel. The Licensing Support Network (LSN) became available for use in 2004 and it is anticipated that a hardware and software refresh program will be initiated in 2009-2010. Membership on the Panel will continue to be drawn from those interests that will be affected by the use of the LSN, including the Department of Energy, the NRC, the State of Nevada, the National Congress of American Indians, affected units of local governments in Nevada, the Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, and a coalition of nuclear industry groups. Federal agencies with expertise and experience in electronic information management systems may also participate on the Panel. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that renewal of the charter for the LSNARP until December 5, 2010, is in the public interest in connection with duties imposed on the Commission by law. This action is being taken in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act after consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.
Commonwealth of Virginia: NRC Staff Assessment of a Proposed Agreement Between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Commonwealth of Virginia
By letter dated June 12, 2008, Governor Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia requested that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) enter into an Agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia (Commonwealth or Virginia) as authorized by section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (Act). Under the proposed Agreement, the Commission would relinquish, and the Commonwealth would assume, portions of the Commission's regulatory authority exercised within the Commonwealth. As required by the Act, the NRC is publishing the proposed Agreement for public comment. The NRC is also publishing the summary of an assessment by the NRC staff of the Commonwealth's regulatory program. Comments are requested on the proposed Agreement, especially its effect on public health and safety. Comments are also requested on the NRC staff assessment, the adequacy of the Commonwealth's program, and the Commonwealth's program staff, as discussed in this notice. The proposed Agreement would release (exempt) persons who possess or use certain radioactive materials in the Commonwealth from portions of the Commission's regulatory authority. The Act requires that the NRC publish those exemptions. Notice is hereby given that the pertinent exemptions have been previously published in the Federal Register and are codified in the Commission's regulations as 10 CFR Part 150.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The NRC invites public comment about our intention to request the OMB's approval for renewal of an existing information collection that is summarized below. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register 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 30Rules of General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material. 2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0017. 3. How often the collection is required: Required reports are collected and evaluated on a continuing basis as events occur. There is a one-time submittal of information to receive a license. Renewal applications are submitted every 10 years. Information submitted in previous applications may be referenced without being resubmitted. In addition, recordkeeping must be performed on an on-going basis. 4. Who is required or asked to report: All persons applying for or holding a license to manufacture, produce, transfer, receive, acquire, own, possess, or use radioactive byproduct material. 5. The number of annual respondents: 20,669 (3,869 NRC licensees and 16,800 Agreement State licensees). 6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 283,891 (NRC licensees 52,450 hours [22,833 reporting + 29,617 recordkeeping] and Agreement State licensees 231,441 hours [100,081 reporting + 131,360 recordkeeping]). 7. Abstract: 10 CFR Part 30 establishes requirements that are applicable to all persons in the United States governing domestic licensing of radioactive byproduct material. The application, reporting and recordkeeping requirements are necessary to permit the NRC to make a determination whether the possession, use, and transfer of byproduct material is in conformance with the Commission's regulations for protection of the public health and safety. Submit, by February 9, 2009, 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 submitted in writing or in electronic form will be made available for public inspection. Because your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information, the NRC cautions you against including any information in your submission that you do not want to be publicly disclosed. Comments submitted should reference Docket No. NRC-2008-0621. You may submit your comments by any of the following methods. Electronic comments: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. NRC-2008-0621. Mail comments to NRC Clearance Officer, Gregory Trussell (T-5 F53), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. Questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the NRC Clearance Officer, Gregory Trussell (T-5 F53), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by telephone at 301- 415-6445, or by e-mail to INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@NRC.GOV.