Nuclear Regulatory Commission August 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Facility Security Clearance and Safeguarding of National Security Information and Restricted Data
Document Number: 2013-18944
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to update its regulations to standardize the frequency of required security education training for employees of NRC licensees possessing security clearances so that such training will be conducted annually consistent with the objectives of Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information. The rule would allow licensees flexibility in determining the means and methods for providing this training. This action would establish uniformity in the frequency of licensee security education and training programs and enhances the protection of classified information.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2013-19049
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS); Meeting of the ACRS Subcommittee on US-APWR; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-18943
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In the Matter of Entergy Nuclear Generation Company Pilgrim Power Station Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Order Modifying License (Effective Immediately)
Document Number: 2013-18936
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a general license to Entergy Nuclear Generation Company (Entergy), authorizing the operation of an Independent Spent Fuel Storage installation (ISFSI), in accordance with its regulations. This Order is being issued to Entergy because it has identified near-term plans to store spent fuel in an ISFSI under the general license provisions of the NRC's regulations.
License Renewal Application for Byron Station, Units 1 and 2; Exelon Generation Company, LLC
Document Number: 2013-18935
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon) has submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) an application (ML131550528) for renewal of Facility Operating Licenses NPF-37 and NPF-66 for an additional 20 years of operation for Byron Station, Units 1 and 2 (Byron). Byron Station is located in Byron, Illinois. The current operating license for Byron Station, Unit 1, expires on October 31, 2024, and Unit 2, expires on November 6, 2026.
Verification, Validation, Reviews, and Audits for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2013-18728
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revised regulatory guide (RG), revision 2 of RG 1.168, ``Verification, Validation, Reviews, and Audits for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants.'' This guide endorses, with clarifications and exceptions, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard 1012-2004, ``IEEE Standard for Software Verification and Validation,'' and IEEE Std. 1028-2008, ``IEEE Standard for Software Reviews and Audits.'' These two IEEE standards describe methods acceptable to the NRC staff for demonstrating compliance with the NRC's regulations for design verification and control of software used in the safety systems of a nuclear power plant.
Test Documentation for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2013-18719
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revised regulatory guide (RG), Revision 1 of RG 1.170, ``Test Documentation for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants.'' This RG endorses the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard 829-2008, ``IEEE Standard for Software and System Test Documentation'' with the clarifications and exceptions stated in Section C, ``Staff Regulatory Guidance'' of the RG. IEEE Std. 829-2008 describes methods that the NRC considers acceptable for use in complying with NRC regulations for developing test documentation and design quality in the software used in safety systems of nuclear power plants.
Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station, Units 2 and 3; South Carolina Electric and Gas; Change to the Containment Structure for Additional Electrical Penetration Assemblies
Document Number: 2013-18849
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-05
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting both an exemption to allow a departure from the certification information of Tier 1 of the generic design control document (DCD) and License Amendment No. 6 to Combined Licenses (COL), NPF-93 and NPF-94. The COLs were issued to South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) and South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) (the licensee), for construction and operation of the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station (VCSNS), Units 2 and 3 located in Fairfield County, South Carolina. The amendment changes requested adding four electrical penetration assemblies to the containment vessel and shield building in order to support the current electrical loads required within containment. This request includes changes to Tier 1 information located in Tables 2.2.1- 1 and 2.2.3-6 as well as Figure 2.2.1-1 of the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR), as well as the corresponding information in Appendix C of the COL. The granting of the exemption allows the Tier 1 changes asked for in the amendment. Because the acceptability of the exemption was determined in part by the acceptability of the amendment, the exemption and amendment are being issued concurrently.
AUC, LLC Reno Creek, In Situ
Document Number: 2013-18811
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-05
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
By letter dated October 3, 2012, AUC submitted a license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requesting authorization to construct and operate its proposed Reno Creek, In Situ Leach Uranium Recovery (ISR) project to be located in the Powder River Basin near Wright, Wyoming.
Configuration Management Plans for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2013-18684
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revised regulatory guide (RG), revision 1 of RG 1.169, ``Configuration Management Plans for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants.'' This RG endorses, with clarifications and exceptions as stated in Section C, ``Staff Regulatory Guidance'' of the RG, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard 828-2005, ``IEEE Standard for Software Configuration Management Plans,'' issued in 2005. This IEEE standard describes methods acceptable to the NRC staff for demonstrating compliance with NRC regulations for configuration management and control of software used in the safety systems of a nuclear power plant.
Software Unit Testing for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2013-18682
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revised regulatory guide (RG), revision 1 of RG 1.171, ``Software Unit Testing for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants.'' This RG endorses American National Standards Institute/ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (ANSI/IEEE) Standard (Std.) 1008-1987, ``IEEE Standard for Software Unit Testing'' with the clarifications and exceptions stated in Section C, ``Staff Regulatory Position'' in the RG. ANSI/IEEE Std. 1008-1987, which was reaffirmed in 2002, describes a method acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with NRC regulations for promoting high functional reliability and design quality in the software used in safety systems of nuclear power plants.
Developing Software Life Cycle Processes Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2013-18681
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revised regulatory guide (RG), revision 1 of RG 1.173, ``Developing Software Life Cycle Processes for Digital Computer Software used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants.'' This RG endorses the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard (Std.) 1074-2006, ``IEEE Standard for Developing a Software Project Life Cycle Process,'' issued 2006, with the clarifications and exceptions as stated in Section C, ``Staff Regulatory Position'' of the RG, as a method acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with NRC regulations to promote high functional reliability and design quality in software used in safety systems in nuclear power plants.
Software Requirement Specifications for Digital Computer Software Used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2013-18678
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revised regulatory guide (RG), revision 1 of RG 1.172, ``Software Requirement Specifications for Digital Computer Software used in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants.'' This RG endorses the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard (Std.) 830-1998, ``IEEE Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specifications,'' issued in 1998 and reaffirmed in 2009 with the exceptions and clarifications stated in Section C, ``Staff Regulatory Guidance'' of RG 1.172. IEEE Std. 830-1998 describes methods that the NRC staff considers acceptable to demonstrate compliance with NRC regulations for achieving high functional reliability and design quality in software used in safety systems in nuclear power plants.
Proposed Safety Evaluation for Plant-Specific
Document Number: 2013-18677
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting public comment on the proposed model safety evaluation (SE) for plant- specific adoption of Technical Specifications (TS) Task Force (TSTF) Traveler TSTF-523, Revision 2, ``Generic Letter 2008-01, Managing Gas Accumulation.''
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-18580
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (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: NRC Form 327, ``Special Nuclear Material (SNM) and Source Material Physical Inventory Summary Report'' and NUREG/BR-0096, ``Instructions and Guidance for Completing Physical Inventory Summary Reports.'' 2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0139. 3. How often the collection is required: Certain licensees possessing strategic SNM are required to report inventories every six months. Licensees possessing SNM of moderate strategic significance must report every nine months. Licensees possessing SNM of low strategic significance must report annually, except two licensees must report their dynamic inventories every two months and a static inventory on an annual basis. 4. Who is required or asked to report: Fuel facility licensees possessing special nuclear material, i.e., enriched uranium, plutonium or U-233. 5. The number of annual respondents: 7. 6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 140 hours (4 hours per response x 35 responses). 7. Abstract: NRC Form 327 is submitted by fuel facility licensees to account for special nuclear material. The data is used by NRC to assess licensee material control and accounting programs and to confirm the absence of (or detect the occurrence of) SNM theft or diversion. NUREG/BR-0096 provides specific guidance and instructions for completing the form in accordance with the requirements appropriate for a particular licensee. Submit, by October 1, 2013, 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? The public may examine and have copied for a fee publicly available documents, including the draft supporting statement, at the NRC's Public Document Room, Room O-1F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC's Web site: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ doc-comment/omb/. The document will be available on the NRC's 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- 2013-0157. 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-2013-0157. Mail comments to the NRC Clearance Officer, Tremaine Donnell (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, Tremaine Donnell (T-5 F53), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by telephone at 301-415-6258, or by email to INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@NRC.GOV.
Status of the Office of New Reactors' Implementation of Electronic Distribution of Advanced Reactor Correspondence
Document Number: 2013-18522
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-01
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this Federal Register notice to inform the public that, in the future, publicly available correspondence originating from the Division of Advanced Reactors and Rulemaking (DARR) in the Office of New Reactors (NRO) will be transmitted only by a computer-based email distribution system listserv to addressees and subscribers. This change does not affect the availability of official agency records in the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which may be accessed through NRC's Web page at www.nrc.gov.
Vogtle Electric Generating Station, Units 3 and 4; Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Change to the Containment Structure for Additional Electrical Penetration Assemblies
Document Number: 2013-18521
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-01
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an exemption to allow a departure from the certification information of Tier 1 of the generic design control document (DCD) and License Amendment No. 11 to Combined Licenses (COL), NPF-91 and NPF-92. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., and Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, and the City of Dalton, Georgia (the licensee); for construction and operation of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP), Units 3 and 4, located in Burke County, Georgia.
Virginia Electric and Power Company; North Anna Power Station, Units 1 and 2; Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2
Document Number: 2013-18518
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-01
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering changes to the Emergency Plan, ``Conditions of licenses,'' for North Anna Power Station, Units 1 and 2 (NAPS), for Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. NPF-4 and NPF-7, and Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2 (Surry) for Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-32 and DPR-37, issued to Virginia Electric and Power Company (the licensee), for operation of NAPS and Surry located in Louisa County, Virginia, and Surry County, Virginia, respectively.
Order Prohibiting Operation of Aerotest Radiography and Research Reactor
Document Number: 2013-18516
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-01
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions