Nuclear Regulatory Commission October 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2014-23991
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Fuel-Cladding Issues in Postulated Spent Fuel Pool Accidents
Document Number: 2014-23949
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking (PRM) from Mr. Mark Edward Leyse (the petitioner), dated June 19, 2014. The petition was docketed by the NRC on July 14, 2014, and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-50-108. The petitioner requests that the NRC make new regulations concerning the use of spent fuel pool (SFP) accident evaluation models. The NRC is not requesting public comment on PRM-50-108 at this time.
Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact: Dominion Energy Kewaunee, Kewaunee Power Station
Document Number: 2014-23945
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of exemptions in response to a request from Dominion Energy Kewaunee (DEK, the licensee), which would permit the licensee to reduce its emergency planning (EP) activities at the Kewaunee Power Station. Kewaunee Power Station has been permanently shut down and defueled since May of 2013. The licensee is seeking exemptions that would eliminate the requirements to maintain offsite radiological emergency plans and reduce some of the onsite emergency planning activities based on the reduced risks at the permanently shutdown and defueled reactor. Offsite emergency planning provisions would still exist using a comprehensive emergency management plan process. The NRC staff is issuing a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and final Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) associated with the proposed exemptions.
Confirmatory Order in the Matter of Chicago Bridge and Iron Company
Document Number: 2014-23939
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a confirmatory order to Chicago Bridge and Iron Company (CB&I) confirming agreements reached in an Alternative Dispute Resolution session held on May 30, 2014. As part of the agreement, CB&I will take a number of actions to strengthen its safety culture monitoring program, employee concerns program, employee training, and communications. These actions are in addition to the actions being taken in response to the September 16, 2013 confirmatory order issued by the NRC.
Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station; Extension of Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2014-23934
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This document modifies a notice appearing in the Federal Register on September 22, 2014 (79 FR 56608), by extending the original public comment period from October 22, 2014, to October 26, 2014. This action was requested by concerned stakeholders who sought additional time to provide comments.
Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving Proposed No Significant Hazards Considerations and Containing Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information and Order Imposing Procedures for Access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information
Document Number: 2014-23428
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received and is considering approval of three amendment requests. The amendment requests are for Columbia Generating Station; Waterford Steam Electric Station, Unit 3; and Seabrook Station, Unit 1. For each amendment request, the NRC proposes to determine that they involve no significant hazards consideration. In addition, each amendment request contains sensitive unclassified non-safeguards information (SUNSI).
Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Palisades Nuclear Plant
Document Number: 2014-23802
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is giving notice that by petition dated March 5, 2014, as supplemented by email dated May 21, 2014, Michael Mulligan (the petitioner) has requested that the NRC take enforcement action against Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., due to recent plant events and equipment failures at Palisades Nuclear Plant (PNP). The petitioner's requests are included in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2; Consideration of Approval of Transfer of Licenses and Conforming Amendments
Document Number: 2014-23800
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received and is considering approval of an application filed by PPL Susquehanna, LLC (PPL Susquehanna) on July 11, 2014. The application seeks NRC approval of the indirect transfer of NPF-14 and NPF-22 for Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Units 1 and 2 (SSES), as well as the general license for the SSES Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, from the current holder, PPL Corporation to Talen Energy Corporation. The NRC is also considering amending the combined licenses for administrative purposes to reflect the proposed transfer.
Nonmetallic Thermal Insulation for Austenitic Stainless Steel
Document Number: 2014-23743
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1312, ``Nonmetallic Thermal Insulation for Austenitic Stainless Steel,'' also known as Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.36. The NRC is proposing to revise the guidance toreflect the most current versions of voluntary consensus standards since the initial publication of RG 1.36 in February 1973. The guide describes methods and procedures that the staff of the NRC considers acceptable when selecting and using nonmetallic thermal insulation in the stainless steel portions of the reactor coolant pressure boundary and other systems, in order to minimize any contamination that could promote stress-corrosion cracking. This RG applies to light-water- cooled reactors.
Applications of Bioassay for Uranium
Document Number: 2014-23719
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-8054, ``Applications of Bioassay for Uranium.'' This guidance provides acceptable guidance for NRC licensees, for the development and implementation of a bioassay program that will monitor the intake of mixtures of the naturally occurring isotopes of uranium (U-234, U-235, and U-238) by occupational workers. A bioassay is a determination of the kind, quantity, location, or retention of radionuclides in the body by direct (in vivo) measurement or by indirect (in vitro) analysis of material excreted or removed from the body.
Standard Format and Content for a License Application for an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation or a Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility
Document Number: 2014-23718
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revision to Regulatory Guide (RG) 3.50, ``Standard Format and Content for a License Application for an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation or a Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility.'' This guide provides a format that the NRC staff considers acceptable for submitting the information for license applications to store spent nuclear fuel, high-level radioactive waste, and reactor-related Greater than Class C (GTCC) waste.
Medical Evaluation of Licensed Personnel for Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2014-23717
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing revision 4 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.134, ``Medical Assessment of Licensed Operators or Applicants for Operator Licenses at Nuclear Power Plants.'' The NRC is updating RG 1.134 based upon the regulatory experience gained since the previous revision was issued and to endorse the 2013 revision to the underlying consensus standard, American National Standard Institute/American Nuclear Society (ANSI/ANS) Standard 3.4, ``Medical Certification and Monitoring of Personnel Requiring Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants.'' The guide helps to ensure that medical certifications (and related medical evidence) are sufficient to meet the NRC's nuclear power reactor operator licensing requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-23676
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
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 July 21, 2014. 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: Extension. 2. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR Part 9, ``Public Records.'' 3. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0043. 4. The form number if applicable: NRC Form 509; NRC Form 509A. 5. How often the collection is required: On Occasion. 6. Who will be required or asked to report: Individuals requesting access to records under the Freedom of Information (FOIA) or Privacy Acts (PA), through the Public Document Room (PDR), and submitters of information containing trade secrets or confidential commercial or financial information who have been notified that the NRC has made an initial determination that the information should be disclosed. 7. An estimate of the number of annual responses: 6,970. 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 6,970. 9. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 1,968.1. 10. Abstract: Part 9 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), prescribes procedures for individuals making requests for records under the FOIA or PA, and through the PDR. It contains information collection requirements for requests to waive or reduce fees for searching for and reproducing records in response to FOIA requests; appeals of denied requests; and requests for expedited processing. The information required from the public is necessary to justify requests for waivers or reductions in searching or copying fees; or to justify expedited processing. Section 9.28(b) provides that if the submitter of information designated to be trade secrets or confidential commercial or financial information objects to the disclosure, he must provide a written statement within 30 days that specifies all grounds why the information is a trade secret or commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential. The public may examine and have copied for a 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 November 5, 2014. 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: 2014-23675
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
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 May 14, 2013. 1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: Revision. 2. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR Part 50, ``Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities.'' 3. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0011. 4. The form number if applicable: Not applicable. 5. How often the collection is required: As necessary in order for the NRC to meet its responsibilities to conduct a detailed review of applications for licenses and amendments thereto to construct and operate nuclear power plants, preliminary or final design approvals, design certifications, research and test facilities, reprocessing plants and other utilization and production facilities, licensed pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act) and to monitor their activities. Reports are submitted daily, monthly, quarterly, annually, semi-annually, and on occasion. 6. Who will be required or asked to report: Licensees and applicants for nuclear power plants and research and test facilities. 7. An estimate of the number of annual responses: 45,202. 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 151. 9. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 4.38M hours; 1.64M hours reporting (an average of 36.5 hrs/response) + 2.73M hours recordkeeping (an average of 18.1K hrs/recordkeeper). 10. Abstract: Part 50 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities,'' specifies technical information and data to be provided to the NRC or maintained by applicants and licensees so that the NRC may take determinations necessary to protect the health and safety of the public, in accordance with the Act. The reporting and recordkeeping requirements contained in 10 CFR part 50 are mandatory for the affected licensees and applicants. The NRC has removed information collections associated with the generic communications program from the part 50 clearance. The NRC intends to obtain a separate OMB clearance for generic communications. Public comment was solicited on the generic communications program on July 30, 2014 (79 FR 44208). The public may examine and have copied for a 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 November 5, 2014. 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: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-23674
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-06
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 notice 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 73, ``Physical Protection of Plants and Materials.'' 2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0002. 3. How often the collection is required: On occasion, with the exception of the initial submittal of revised Cyber Security Plans, Security Plans, Safeguards Contingency Plans, and Security Training and Qualification Plans. Required reports are submitted and evaluated as events occur. 4. Who is required or asked to report: Nuclear power reactor licensees, licensed under part 50 or 52 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), who possess, use, import, export, transport, or deliver to a carrier for transport, special nuclear material; actively decommissioning reactor licensees, Category I fuel facilities; Category II and III facilities; non-power reactors (research and test reactors); other nuclear materials licensees; and state and Tribal contacts. 5. The number of annual respondents: 581. 6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 543,280 (21,255 hours reporting + 486,535 hours recordkeeping + 35,490 hours third party disclosure). 7. Abstract: The NRC's regulations in 10 CFR part 73 prescribe requirements to establish and maintain a physical protection system and security organization with capabilities for protection of (1) Special nuclear material (SNM) at fixed sites, (2) SNM in transit, and (3) plants in which SNM is used. The objective is to ensure that activities involving special nuclear material are consistent with interests of common defense and security and that these activities do not constitute an unreasonable risk to public health and safety. The information in the reports and records submitted by licensees is used by the NRC staff to ensure that the health and safety of the public and the environment are protected, and licensee possession and use of special nuclear material is in compliance with license and regulatory requirements. Submit, by December 5, 2014, 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-2014-0215. 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-2014-0215. 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.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM FLOOD/WIND System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 1
Document Number: 2014-23633
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI- STORM FLOOD/WIND (FW) System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 1 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032. Amendment No. 1 adds a new heat load pattern for the multipurpose canister (MPC)-37, broadens the back pressure range for MPC-37 and MPC-89, and updates certain definitions related to fuel classification. Also, the amendment makes a correction to the expiration date of CoC No. 1032.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM FLOOD/WIND System; Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 1
Document Number: 2014-23631
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the Holtec International HI-STORM FLOOD/WIND (FW) System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 1 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1032. Amendment No. 1 adds a new heat load pattern for the multipurpose canister (MPC)-37, broadens the back pressure range for MPC-37 and MPC-89, and updates certain definitions related to fuel classification. Also, the amendment makes a correction to the expiration date of CoC No. 1032.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-23598
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-03
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: 10 CFR Part 95, Facility Security Clearance and Safeguarding of National Security Information and Restricted Data. 2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0047. 3. How often the collection is required: On Occasion. 4. Who is required or asked to report: NRC-regulated facilities and their contractors who require access to, and possession of, NRC classified information. 5. The number of annual respondents: 110. 6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 984.7 (832.7 reporting hours + 152 recordkeeping hours). 7. Abstract: NRC-regulated facilities and their contractors who are authorized to possess classified matter are required to provide information and maintain records to ensure that an adequate level of protection is provided to NRC classified information and material. This clearance is being revised to add a voluntary form (NRC Form 450F) for fulfilling reporting requirements under Sec. 95.17 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Submit, by December 2, 2014, 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-2013-0088. 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-2013-0088; or mail comments to the NRC's Clearance Officer, Tremaine Donnell (T-5 F42), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. Questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the NRC's Clearance Officer, Tremaine Donnell (T-5 F42), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-415-6258, or by email to http:// www.INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@NRC.GOV.
Oversight of Counterfeit, Fraudulent, and Suspect Items in the Nuclear Industry
Document Number: 2014-23509
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment on draft regulatory issue summary (RIS) 2014-XX. This draft RIS, if finalized, is intended to heighten awareness of existing NRC's regulations and reiterate how they apply to the nuclear industry stakeholders' oversight of counterfeit, fraudulent, and suspect items (CFSI) to all NRC's licensees and certificate holders, Agreement State radiation control program directors, state liason officers, contractors and vendors.