Office of New Reactors; Notice of Availability of the Final Interim Staff Guidance COL/ESP-ISG-04 on the Definition of Construction and on Limited Work Authorizations
The NRC is issuing its Final Interim Staff Guidance (ISG) COL/ ESP-ISG-004 (ML090060897). This ISG provides guidance regarding the definition of construction and the delineation of preconstruction activities and those activities requiring prior approval of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission). In addition, this ISG provides guidance regarding the information to be submitted by any applicant for a limited work authorization (LWA). The NRC staff issues ISGs to facilitate timely implementation of the current staff guidance and to facilitate activities associated with review of applications for early site permits and combined licenses for the Office of New Reactors. The NRC staff will also incorporate COL/ ESP-ISG-004 into the next revisions of the Regulatory Guide 1.206, ``Combined License Applications for Nuclear Power Plants,'' and related guidance documents.
Technical Specifications Task Force; Denial of Petition for Rulemaking
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying a petition for rulemaking (PRM-170-6) submitted by the Technical Specifications Task Force (TSTF), which is a jointly sponsored activity of the Pressurized Water Reactor Owners Group and the Boiling Water Reactor Owners' Group. The petition requests that the NRC amend its regulations to provide an explicit exemption from NRC review fees for activities associated with generic improvements to the Improved Standard Technical Specifications (ISTS). The NRC is denying the petition because the petition presents issues that the NRC has already carefully considered and addressed. Also, the petition fails to present any significant new information or arguments that would warrant the requested amendment.