Nuclear Regulatory Commission February 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Environmental Considerations Associated With Micro-Reactors
Document Number: 2020-03856
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-26
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is soliciting public comment on its draft Interim Staff Guidance (ISG), ``Environmental Considerations Associated with Micro-reactors.'' The NRC staff is preparing for the environmental reviews of prospective design, license, and permit applications for advanced nuclear power reactors (advanced reactors), including micro-reactors. The purpose of this ISG is to modify existing guidance and provide supplemental guidance to assist the NRC staff in determining the scope and scale of environmental reviews of micro-reactor applications.
Information Collection: NRC Forms 366, 366A, and 366B, Licensee Event Report
Document Number: 2020-03826
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-26
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently submitted a request for renewal of an existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The information collection is entitled, ``NRC Forms 366, 366A, and 366B, Licensee Event Report.''
Information Collection: Medical Use of Byproduct Material
Document Number: 2020-03825
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-26
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public comment on the renewal of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an existing collection of information. The information collection is entitled, ``Medical Use of Byproduct Material.''
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2020-03877
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Biweekly Notice; Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations
Document Number: 2020-03493
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 189.a.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing this regular biweekly notice. The Act requires the Commission to publish notice of any amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, and grants the Commission the authority to issue and make immediately effective any amendment to an operating license or combined license, as applicable, upon a determination by the Commission that such amendment involves no significant hazards consideration, notwithstanding the pendency before the Commission of a request for a hearing from any person. This biweekly notice includes all amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, from January 28, 2020, to February 10, 2020. The last biweekly notice was published on February 11, 2020.
671st Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS)
Document Number: 2020-03517
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-21
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Station, Units 1 and 2
Document Number: 2020-03470
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-21
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On December 4, 2019, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received the Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (Diablo Canyon), Units 1 and 2. The PSDAR, which includes the Cost Summary from the Site-Specific Decommissioning Cost Estimate (DCE), provides an overview of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E, the licensee) planned decommissioning activities, schedule, projected costs, and environmental impacts for Diablo Canyon, Units 1 and 2. The NRC will hold a public meeting to discuss the PSDAR and receive comments.
Pre-Earthquake Planning, Shutdown, and Restart of a Nuclear Power Plant Following an Earthquake
Document Number: 2020-03439
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-21
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 1 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.166, ``Pre-Earthquake Planning, Shutdown, and Restart of a Nuclear Power Plant Following an Earthquake.'' This revision of RG 1.166 merges two related RGs, that is, RG 1.166 and RG 1.167, ``Restart of a Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down by a Seismic Event.'' The guides were merged because they are similar in nature and contain overlapping guidance. RG 1.167 is being withdrawn concurrently because it is no longer needed.
Restart of a Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down by an Earthquake
Document Number: 2020-03436
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-21
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing regulatory guide (RG), RG 1.167 ``Restart of a Nuclear Power Plant Shut Down by an Earthquake.'' The guide is being withdrawn because its guidance has been incorporated into a related guide, namely RG 1.166 ``Pre-Earthquake Planning, Shutdown, and Restart of a Nuclear Power Plant Following an Earthquake.''
Vistra Operations Company LLC; Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Unit Nos. 1 and 2
Document Number: 2020-03340
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-20
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of amendments to Facility Operating License Nos. NPF-87 and NPF-89, issued to Vistra Operations Company LLC (the licensee), for operation of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Unit Nos. 1 and 2. The proposed amendments would revise Technical Specification (TS) 3.4.15, ``RCS [Reactor Coolant System] Leakage Detection Instrumentation,'' to align with the Standard Technical Specifications (STS) for Westinghouse Plants and incorporate the changes made by Technical Specifications Task Force (TSTF) Traveler TSTF-513, Revision 3, ``Revise PWR [Pressurized-Water Reactor] Operability Requirements and Actions for RCS Leakage Instrumentation.''
Adjustment of Civil Penalties for Inflation for Fiscal Year 2020; Correction
Document Number: 2020-02548
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-20
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on January 15, 2020, that amended its regulations to adjust the maximum civil monetary penalties it can assess under statutes enforced by the agency. These changes are mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. This document corrects the final rule to provide the correct maximum civil monetary penalty, per day, for a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, or any regulation or order issued under the Atomic Energy Act.
Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 1, 2, and 3; Consideration of Approval of Transfer of Control of Licenses and Conforming Amendments
Document Number: 2020-03258
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-19
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On January 23, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) solicited comments on an application for direct and indirect transfers of licenses in the Federal Register. The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on February 24, 2020. The NRC has decided to extend the public comment period until March 25, 2020, to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments.
Standard Format and Content of License Applications for Receipt and Storage of Unirradiated Power Reactor Fuel and Associated Radioactive Material at a Nuclear Power Plant
Document Number: 2020-03238
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-19
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-3036, ``Standard Format and Content of License Applications for Receipt and Storage of Unirradiated Power Reactor Fuel and Associated Radioactive Material at a Nuclear Power Plant.'' This regulatory guide (RG) describes the standard format and content that the NRC staff considers acceptable for license applications to authorize the receipt, possession, and storage of unirradiated fuel assemblies and associated radioactive materials at a nuclear power plant.
An Approach for Plant-Specific, Risk-Informed Decisionmaking: Technical Specifications
Document Number: 2020-03237
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-19
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is re-issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1287, ``An Approach for Plant-Specific, Risk-Informed Decisionmaking: Technical Specifications.'' This proposed Revision 2 of Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.177 includes guidance to develop risk-informed applications for technical specification (TS) changes that considers engineering issues and applies risk insights. This proposed revision also provides guidance acceptable to the staff for using risk information to evaluate changes to nuclear power plant TS completion times (CTs) and surveillance frequencies (SFs) and to assess the impact of such proposed changes on the risk associated with plant operation. This DG- 1287 supplements the guidance provided in RG 1.174, ``An Approach for Using Probabilistic Risk Assessment in Risk-Informed Decisions on Plant-Specific Changes to the Licensing Basis,'' Revision 3, issued January 2018.
Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes: Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2020-03177
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-19
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Revision of Fee Schedules; Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2020
Document Number: 2020-03054
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-02-18
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend the licensing, inspection, special project, and annual fees charged to its applicants and licensees. These proposed amendments are necessary to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, as amended (OBRA-90), which requires the NRC to recover approximately 90 percent of its annual budget through fees less certain amounts excluded from this fee-recovery requirement.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2020-03186
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-14
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Instrument Sensing Lines
Document Number: 2020-02874
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-13
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 2 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.151, ``Instrument Sensing Lines.'' RG 1.151 describes an approach that is acceptable to the staff of the NRC to meet regulatory requirements for instrument sensing lines in nuclear power plants. The RG would endorse, with certain exceptions, standards that were updated and corrected subsequent to the last time the NRC endorsed them in RG 1.151. More information on updates can be found in the Supplementary Information section below.
Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Unit 3; Hearing Opportunity Associated With Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria
Document Number: 2020-02443
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-12
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
By letter dated January 13, 2020, Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC) informed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that its scheduled date for initial loading of fuel into the reactor for Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP) Unit 3 is November 23, 2020. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (AEA), and NRC regulations provide the public with an opportunity to request a hearing regarding the licensee's conformance with the acceptance criteria in the combined license for the facility. This document announces the public's opportunity to request a hearing and includes orders imposing procedures for the hearing process.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2020-02739
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-11
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4
Document Number: 2020-02704
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-11
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of an amendment and exemption to Combined Licenses (NPF-91 and NPF-92), issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. (SNC), and Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, Authority of Georgia, and the City of Dalton, Georgia (collectively, SNC), for construction and operation of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP), Units 3 and 4, located in Burke County, Georgia.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Onsite Standby Diesel Generator Loading Changes
Document Number: 2020-02683
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-11
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 Nos. 174 and 172 to Combined Licenses (COL), NPF-91 and NPF-92, respectively. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., and Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, and the City of Dalton, Georgia (collectively SNC); for construction and operation of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP) Units 3 and 4, located in Burke County, Georgia. 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.
Dow TRIGA Research Reactor; Consideration of Approval of Transfer of License
Document Number: 2020-02682
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-11
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received and is considering approval of an application filed by the Dow Chemical Company (TDCC, the licensee) on November 22, 2019. The application seeks NRC approval of the indirect transfer of control of TDCC's interests in the Dow TRIGA Research Reactor (DTRR, the facility) Renewed Facility Operating License No. R-108 to Dow, Inc. The indirect transfer resulted from the merger of TDCC with E.I. du Pont De Nemours and Company in August 2017, which established a new parent company, DowDuPont, Inc. Subsequently, in April 2019, Dow, Inc. was formed as a separate company from DowDuPont, Inc. and TDCC became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow, Inc.
NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Co., LLC; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station
Document Number: 2020-02681
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-11
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an exemption in response to an August 28, 2019, request from NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Company (NorthStar NDC), for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, from the requirement to investigate and report to the NRC when NorthStar NDC does not receive notification of receipt of a shipment, or part of a shipment, of low-level radioactive waste within 20 days after transfer from the Vermont Yankee facility. NorthStar NDC requested that the time period for it to receive acknowledgement that the shipment has been received by the intended recipient be extended from 20 to 45 days to avoid an excessive administrative burden as operational experience indicates that rail or mixed mode shipments may take more than 20 days to reach their destination.
Biweekly Notice; Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations
Document Number: 2020-02161
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-11
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 189.a.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing this regular biweekly notice. The Act requires the Commission to publish notice of any amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, and grants the Commission the authority to issue and make immediately effective any amendment to an operating license or combined license, as applicable, upon a determination by the Commission that such amendment involves no significant hazards consideration, notwithstanding the pendency before the Commission of a request for a hearing from any person. This biweekly notice includes all amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, from January 14, 2020, to January 27, 2020. The last biweekly notice was published on January 28, 2020.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Update to Tier 1 Figure for Steam Generator System and Main Steam System
Document Number: 2020-02437
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-07
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 Nos. 164 and 162 to Combined Licenses (COLs), NPF-91 and NPF-92, respectively. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., and Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, and the City of Dalton, Georgia (collectively SNC); for construction and operation of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP) Units 3 and 4, located in Burke County, Georgia. 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.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company: Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2
Document Number: 2020-02382
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an exemption in response to a December 16, 2019, request from Southern Nuclear Operating Company to allow periodic updates of the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2, Updated Final Safety Analysis Reports by August 31 of every even-numbered year and not to exceed 24- months between successive updates.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4
Document Number: 2020-02164
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-05
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 Nos. 173 and 171 to Combined Licenses (COL), NPF-91 and NPF-92, respectively. The COLs were issued to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., and Georgia Power Company, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG Power SPVM, LLC, MEAG Power SPVJ, LLC, MEAG Power SPVP, LLC, and the City of Dalton, Georgia (Collectively SNC); for construction and operation of the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP) Units 3 and 4, located in Burke County, Georgia. 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.
Information Collection: “Licenses for Radiography and Radiation Safety Requirements for Radiographic Operations”
Document Number: 2020-02162
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-05
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public comment on the renewal of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an existing collection of information. The information collection is entitled, ``Licenses for Radiography and Radiation Safety Requirements for Radiographic Operations.''
Survey of NRC's Materials Licensees
Document Number: 2020-02135
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-04
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is conducting a survey of its materials licensees to gather data to inform its decision on a future rulemaking action. The NRC established a nuclear-industry- specific size standard for categorizing the size of small business entities. The responses to this survey will provide the information necessary for the NRC to reassess, and potentially revise, its small entity size standards.
Retrospective Review of Administrative Requirements
Document Number: 2020-02025
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-02-04
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is conducting a retrospective review of administrative requirements to identify outdated or duplicative administrative requirements that may be eliminated without an adverse effect on public health or safety, common defense and security, protection of the environment, or regulatory efficiency and effectiveness. The NRC is requesting input from its licensees and members of the public on any administrative requirements that may be outdated or duplicative in nature. The NRC will use five criteria to evaluate any public input under this retrospective review of administrative requirements initiative for possible revision or elimination to reduce burden on regulated entities and the NRC.
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: 2020-00931
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-04
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received and is considering approval of one amendment request. The amendment request is for Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2. For this amendment request, the NRC proposes to determine that it involves no significant hazards consideration. Because the amendment request contains sensitive unclassified non-safeguards information (SUNSI), an order imposes procedures to obtain access to SUNSI for contention preparation.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2020-02076
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection: Requests to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Information
Document Number: 2020-02008
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently submitted a proposed collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The information collection is entitled, ``Requests to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Information.''
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria
Document Number: 2020-01921
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has determined that specified inspections, tests, and analyses have been successfully completed, and that specified acceptance criteria are met for the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP), Units 3 and 4.