In the Matter of Tennessee Valley Authority, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, Units 1, 2, and 3
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a confirmatory order to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA or Licensee), the holder of License Nos. DPR-33, DPR-52, DPR-68, authorizing the operation of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, Units 1, 2, and 3. The facility is located on the Licensee's site in Athens, Alabama. The order was a result of Alternative Dispute Resolution between the NRC and TVA, and required TVA to complete a number of corrective actions to address the submittal of information to the NRC that was not complete and accurate in all material respects, and to address TVA's change to a license condition without submitting an amendment request. The order is related to control room staffing levels that were not sufficient to implement certain fire response procedures and achieve safe shutdown on the three-unit site during a postulated fire event.
ESBWR Design Certification
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing NUREG- 1966, ``Final Safety Evaluation Report Related to the Certification of the Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor Standard Design.'' On August 24, 2005, General Electric-Hitachi Nuclear Energy tendered its application for certification of the economic simplified boiling-water reactor (ESBWR) standard nuclear reactor design to the NRC. The application included the ESBWR design control document (DCD) and the ESBWR probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). On March 24, 2011, the NRC published the proposed rule in the Federal Register.
Revisions to Design of Structures, Components, Equipment, and Systems
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing final revisions to the following sections in Chapter 3 of 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,'' and Section 3.12, ``ASME Code Class 1, 2, and 3 Piping Systems, Piping Components and their Associated Supports.''