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Proposed Revisions to Design of Structures, Components, Equipment and Systems
Document Number: 2013-19308
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is soliciting public comment on the following sections in Chapter 3, ``Design of Structures, Components, Equipment, and Systems'' and soliciting public comment on NUREG-0800, ``Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition,'' Section 3.9.3 ``ASME Code Class 1, 2, and 3 Components, and Component Supports, and Core Support Structures.''
Placement of the Georgia Agreement State Program on Probation
Document Number: 2013-19306
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is announcing the placement of the Georgia Agreement State Program (Georgia Program) for the regulation of certain Atomic Energy Act materials on probation and a further increase in the NRC oversight of the Georgia Program, including overseeing implementation of a ``Program Improvement Plan'' developed by the staff of the Georgia Program. Once the Georgia Program has met the commitments made in the ``Program Improvement Plan,'' and has demonstrated significant and sustainable improvements, the probationary status could be lifted. There will be further announcements of such action.
Proposed Revisions to Maintenance Rule Standard Review Plan
Document Number: 2013-19201
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is revising the following section in Chapter 17, ``Quality Assurance'' and soliciting public comment on NUREG-0800, ``Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition,'' Section 17.6, ``Maintenance Rule.''
Proposed Revision to Missiles Generated by Extreme Winds
Document Number: 2013-19177
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is soliciting public comment on a proposed revision 4 to Section 3.5.1.4, ``Missiles Generated by Extreme Winds,'' of NUREG-0800, ``Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition.'' This revision incorporates guidance and recommendations from Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.221, ``Design-Basis Hurricane and Hurricane Missiles for Nuclear Power Plants,'' and Interim Staff Guidance DC/COL- ISG-024, ``Implementation of Regulatory Guide 1.221 on Design-Basis Hurricane and Hurricane Missiles.'' In addition, this revision provides clarification on areas of review and acceptance criteria for assessment of design-basis missiles generated by extreme winds. The revision also incorporates guidance on regulatory treatment of nonsafety systems.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-19175
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
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: Suspicious Activity Reporting Using the Protected Web Server (PWS). 2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-XXXX. 3. How often the collection is required: On occasion. Reporting is done on a voluntary basis, as suspicious incidents occur. 4. Who is required or asked to report: Nuclear power reactor licensees provide the majority of reports, but other entities that may voluntarily send reports include fuel facilities, independent spent fuel storage installations, decommissioned power reactors, power reactors under construction, research and test reactors, agreement states, non-agreement states, as well as departments of health, medical centers, steel mills, and radiographers. 5. The number of annual respondents: 50. 6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 678 hours. 7. Abstract: The NRC licensees voluntarily report information on suspicious incidents on an ad-hoc basis, as these incidents occur. This information is shared with authorized nuclear industry officials and Federal, State, and local government agencies using PWS. Information provided by licensees is considered OFFICIAL USE ONLY and is not made public. Submit, by October 7, 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 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- 2013-0129. 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-2013-0129. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-19174
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (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. The NRC published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period on this information collection on April 16, 2013 (78 FR 22561). 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: Extension. 2. The title of the information collection: NRC Form 136, ``Security Termination Statement.'' NRC Form 237, ``Request for Access Authorization.'' NRC Form 277, ``Request for Visit or Access Authorization.'' 3. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0049, NRC Form 136. 3150-0050, NRC Form 237. 3150-0051, NRC Form 277. 4. The form number if applicable: NRC Forms 136, 237, and 277. 5. How often the collection is required: On occasion. 6. Who will be required or asked to report: NRC Form 136: NRC employees, licensees and contractors. NRC Form 237: NRC contractors, subcontractors, licensee employees, employees of other government agencies, and other individuals who are not NRC employees. NRC Form 277: Any employees of approximately 78 licensees and 7 contractors who hold an NRC access authorization and need to make a visit to NRC, other contractor/licensees or government agencies in which access to classified information will be involved or unescorted area access is desired. 7. An estimate of the number of annual responses: NRC Form 136: 300. NRC Form 237: 770. NRC Form 277: 60. 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: NRC Form 136: 300. NRC Form 237: 770. NRC Form 277: 60. 9. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: NRC Form 136: 50. NRC Form 237: 154. NRC Form 277: 10. 10. Abstract: The NRC Form 136 is completed by licensees and contractors that are leaving the NRC to acknowledge and accept their continuing security responsibilities. The NRC Form 237 is completed by NRC contractors, subcontractors, licensee employees, employees of other government agencies, and other individuals who are not NRC employees who require an NRC access authorization. The NRC Form 277 is completed by NRC contractors and licensees who have been granted an NRC access authorization and require verification of that access authorization and a need-to-know due to (1) A visit to the NRC, (2) a visit to other contractors/licensees or government agencies in which access to classified information will be involved, or (3) unescorted area access is desired. The public may examine and have copied for fee publicly available documents, including the final 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 and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer listed below by September 9, 2013. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-19173
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (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. The NRC published a Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period on this information collection on April 16, 2013 (78 FR 22562). 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: New. 2. The title of the information collection: NRC Form 850A, ``Request for NRC Contractor Building Access,'' NRC Form 850B, ``Request for NRC Contractor Information Technology Access Authorization,'' and NRC Form 850C, ``Request for NRC Contractor Security Clearance.'' 3. Current OMB approval number: 3150-XXXX. 4. The form numbers if applicable: NRC Form 850A, NRC Form 850B, and NRC Form 850C. 5. How often the collection is required: On occasion. 6. Who will be required or asked to report: NRC contractors, subcontractors and other individuals who are not NRC employees. 7. An estimate of the number of annual responses: 500. 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 500. 9. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 85. 10. Abstract: Part 10 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Criteria and Procedures for Determining Eligibility for Access to Restricted Data or National Security Information or an Employment Clearance,'' establishes requirements that individuals requiring an access authorization and/or employment clearance must have an investigation of their background. The NRC Forms 850A, 850B, and 850C will be used by the NRC to obtain information on NRC contractors, subcontractors, and other individuals who are not NRC employees and require access to the NRC buildings, IT systems, sensitive information, sensitive unclassified information, or classified information. The public may examine and have copied for fee publicly available documents, including the final 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 and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer listed below by September 9, 2013. 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.
Sunshine Federal Register Notice
Document Number: 2013-19171
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Japan Lessons-Learned Project Directorate Interim Staff Guidance JLD-ISG-2013-01; Guidance for Estimating Flooding Hazards Due to Dam Failure
Document Number: 2013-19057
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing the Final Japan Lessons-Learned Project Directorate Interim Staff Guidance (JLD-ISG), JLD-ISG-2013-01, ``Guidance for Estimating Flooding hazards due to Dam Failure'' (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML13151A153). This ISG provides guidance and clarification to assist nuclear power reactors applicants and licensees with the flooding hazard reassessment in response to Enclosure 2 of the NRC staff's request for information, ``Request for Information Pursuant to section 50.54(f) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), Regarding Recommendations 2.1, 2.3, and 9.3 of the Near-Term Task Force Review of Insights from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Accident,'' dated March 12, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12053A340).
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Humboldt Bay Power Plant, Unit 3, Notice of Public Meeting on the License Termination Plan
Document Number: 2013-19054
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is providing notice that the NRC staff will conduct a meeting to discuss and accept public comments on the Humboldt Bay Power Plant (HBPP), Unit 3 License Termination Plan (LTP) on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Room at the Warfinger Building, Eureka Public Marina, 1 Marina Way, Eureka, California. The HBPP is located about four miles southwest of the city of Eureka, Humboldt County, California and consists of 143 acres of land. Unit 3, which is the NRC licensed reactor, is currently being decommissioned with the spent fuel now stored in the onsite Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation. Unit 3 decommissioning commenced in May 2009. Following the start of a new power generation facility in 2010, the licensee commenced with the permanent shutdown of the fossil Units 1 and 2. Units 1 and 2 are being decommissioned in conjunction with Unit 3 decommissioning. In accordance with the NRC regulations at Sec. 50.82(a)(9) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), all power reactor licensees must submit an application for termination of their license. The application for termination of license must be accompanied or preceded by an LTP to be submitted for NRC approval. Pacific Gas and Electric submitted the proposed LTP for HBPP with a license amendment application dated May 3, 2013. The LTP would be approved by license amendment if found acceptable by the NRC staff. The amendment would be subject to such conditions and limitations as the NRC staff deems appropriate and necessary. In accordance with 10 CFR 20.1405 and 10 CFR 50.82(a)(9)(iii), the NRC is providing notice to individuals in the vicinity of the site that the NRC: (1) Is in receipt of the HBPP LTP; (2) will hold a public meeting: and (3) will accept comments from affected parties. The HBPP LTP is available for public viewing at the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) or electronically through the NRC Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) at accession numbers ML131300009 and ML131300160. Documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the PDR, located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available records will be accessible electronically from the ADAMS Public Library component on the NRC Web site, http://www.nrc.gov. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209, or 301-415-4737, or by email at pdr@nrc.gov. Any meeting updates or changes will be made available on the NRC's Public Meeting Schedule Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ public-meetings/.
Facility Security Clearance and Safeguarding of National Security Information and Restricted Data
Document Number: 2013-18947
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is updating 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 allows licensees flexibility in determining the means and methods for providing this training. This action establishes uniformity in the frequency of licensee security education and training programs and enhances the protection of classified information.
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
Exelon Generation Company, LLC, License Renewal Application for Braidwood Station, Units 1 and 2
Document Number: 2013-18403
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-31
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On May 29, 2013, Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon) submitted an application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for renewal of Facility Operating Licenses (NPF-72 and NPF-77) for an additional 20 years of operation for Braidwood Station, Units 1 and 2. Braidwood Station is located in Will County, Illinois. The current operating licenses for Braidwood Station, Units 1 and 2, expire on October 17, 2026 and December 18, 2027, respectively. This notice advises the public that the NRC intends to gather information to prepare an EIS on the proposed license renewal.
Revisions to Environmental Review for Renewal of Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses; Correction
Document Number: 2013-18315
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-31
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is correcting a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2013, and effective on July 22, 2013. The final rule amended the NRC's environmental protection regulations by updating the Commission's 1996 findings on the environmental effect of renewing the operating license of a nuclear power plant. Compliance with the provisions of the rule is required by June 20, 2014. This correcting amendment is necessary to clarify and correct the revisions made to the statutory authority that is cited in the authority citation of the final rule.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2013-18368
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Yankee Atomic Electric Company, Yankee Nuclear Power Station
Document Number: 2013-18252
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a final rule amending certain emergency planning (EP) requirements in the regulations that govern domestic licensing of production and utilization facilities (November 23, 2011; 76 FR 72560) (EP Final Rule). The EP Final Rule was effective on December 23, 2011, with various implementation dates for each of the rule changes.
Acceptability of Corrective Action Programs for Fuel Cycle Facilities
Document Number: 2013-18251
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing draft NUREG-2154, ``Acceptability of Corrective Action Programs for Fuel Cycle Facilities,'' based on receipt and review of public comments. The draft NUREG provided guidance to NRC staff on how to determine whether a submittal for a Corrective Action Program (CAP), voluntarily submitted by fuel cycle facility licensees, was acceptable. The NRC staff has reviewed public comments received on draft NUREG-2154 and has decided to withdraw the draft NUREG and to proceed with the development and issuance of a draft Regulatory Guide (RG) to describe elements of an acceptable CAP for fuel cycle facilities.
Vogtle Electric Generating Station, Units 3 and 4; Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Change to the Bracing Design in the Turbine Building and Corresponding Change to Structural Design Code
Document Number: 2013-18249
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-30
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 is issuing License Amendment No. 8 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. The amendment requests to revise the design of the bracing used to support the Turbine Building structure. This request requires changing Tier 1 information found in the Design Description portion of Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR) Section 3.3, ``Buildings.'' The granting of the exemption allows the changes to Tier 1 information 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.
Vogtle Electric Generating Station, Units 3 and 4; Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Change to the Primary Sampling System
Document Number: 2013-18247
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an exemption to allow a departure from the certification information of Tier 1 of the generic design control document (DCD) and is issuing License Amendment No. 10 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. The amendment requests to modify the Primary Sampling System (PSS) design, including changes to Tier 1 information located in Tables 2.2.1-2, 2.3.13-1, and 2.3.13-3, Figures 2.2.1-1 ``Containment System'' and 2.3.13-1 ``Primary Sampling System,'' and Subsection 2.3.13, ``Primary Sampling System'' of the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR). The granting of the exemption allows the changes to Tier 1 information 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.
Vogtle Electric Generating Station, Units 3 and 4; Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Change to the Primary Sampling System
Document Number: 2013-18246
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is granting an exemption to allow a departure from the certification information of Tier 1 of the generic design control document (DCD) and is issuing License Amendment No. 10 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. The amendment requests to modify the Primary Sampling System (PSS) design, including changes to Tier 1 information located in Tables 2.2.1-2, 2.3.13-1, and 2.3.13-3, Figures 2.2.1-1 ``Containment System'' and 2.3.13-1 ``Primary Sampling System,'' and Subsection 2.3.13, ``Primary Sampling System'' of the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report (UFSAR). The granting of the exemption allows the changes to Tier 1 information 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.
Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC; Oconee Nuclear Station Units 1, 2, and 3; Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation
Document Number: 2013-18170
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The NRC is issuing an exemption in response to a request submitted by Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC., on August 13, 2012, for the Oconee Nuclear Station, Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI).
Compensatory and Alternative Regulatory Measures for Nuclear Power Plant Fire Protection (CARMEN-FIRE)
Document Number: 2013-18168
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requests public comment on the proposed draft NUREG/CR-7135, ``Compensatory and Alternative Regulatory Measures for Nuclear Power Plant Fire Protection (CARMEN-FIRE), Draft Report for Comment.''
Application For a License to Export Radioactive Waste
Document Number: 2013-18158
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Request for a License to Import Radioactive Waste
Document Number: 2013-18155
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Byron Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2, and Braidwood Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2; Exelon Generation Company, LLC
Document Number: 2013-17809
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-24
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This is a notice of acceptance for docketing and notice of opportunity for hearing regarding the renewal of operating licenses for the Byron Nuclear Station (Byron), Units 1 and 2, and the Braidwood Nuclear Station (Braidwood), Units 1 and 2. The NRC is considering an application for the renewal of operating licenses NPF-37, NPF-66, NPF- 72, and NPF-77, which authorize Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon), to operate Byron, Units 1 and 2, at 3586.6 megawatts thermal each, and Braidwood, Units 1 and 2, at 3586.6 megawatts thermal each. Byron, Units 1 and 2, are located near Byron, IL; Braidwood, Units 1 and 2, are located near Braidwood, IL. The renewed licenses would authorize the applicant to operate both Byron and Braidwood for an additional 20 years beyond the period specified in each of the respective current licenses. The current operating licenses for Byron expire as follows: Unit 1 (NPF-37) on October 31, 2024, and Unit 2 (NPF-66) on November 6, 2026. The current operating licenses for Braidwood expire as follows: Unit 1 (NPF-72) on October 17, 2026, and Unit 2 (NPF-77) on December 18, 2027.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2013-17756
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Station Blackout Mitigation Strategies
Document Number: 2013-17660
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a regulatory basis document to support the potential amendment of its regulations concerning nuclear power plant licensees' and applicants' station blackout mitigation strategies. The issuance of this regulatory basis document is one of the actions stemming from the NRC's lessons- learned efforts associated with the March 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in Japan.
Petition for Rulemaking Submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
Document Number: 2013-17658
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will consider the issues raised in the petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-50-100, submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (NRDC or the petitioner), in the rulemaking process. The petitioner requests that the NRC amend its regulations to require each operating and new reactor licensee to improve spent nuclear fuel safety. The NRC determined that the issues raised in the PRM are appropriate for consideration and will consider them in the ongoing ``Station Blackout Mitigation Strategies'' rulemaking.