Nuclear Regulatory Commission September 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Acceptability of ASME Code Section XI, Division 2, Requirements for Reliability and Integrity Management (RIM) Programs for Nuclear Power Plants, for Non-Light Water Reactors
Document Number: 2021-21295
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1383, ``Acceptability of ASME Code Section XI, Division 2, `Requirements for Reliability and Integrity Management (RIM) Programs for Nuclear Power Plants,' for Non- Light Water Reactors.'' This proposed DG describes an approach that is acceptable to the NRC staff for the development and implementation of a preservice inspection (PSI) and inservice inspection (ISI) program for non-light water reactors (non-LWRs). It endorses, with conditions, the 2019 Edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (ASME Code), Section XI, ``Rules for Inservice Inspection of Nuclear Power Plant Components,'' Division 2, for non-LWR applications. This RG also describes a method that applicants can use to incorporate PSI and ISI programs into a licensing basis.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: NAC International NAC-UMS® Universal Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1015, Amendment No. 8
Document Number: 2021-21063
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of October 19, 2021, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on August 5, 2021. This direct final rule amended the NAC International NAC-UMS[supreg] Universal Storage System listing in the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 8 to Certificate of Compliance No. 1015. Amendment No. 8 revises the certificate of compliance to add the storage of damaged boiling-water reactor spent fuel, including higher enrichment and higher burnup spent fuel; change the allowable fuel burnup range; expand the boiling-water reactor class 5 fuel inventory that could be stored in the cask; and revise definitions in the technical specifications.
Florida Power & Light Company; NextEra Energy; St. Lucie Plant, Units Nos. 1 and 2
Document Number: 2021-21168
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering an application for the subsequent license renewal of Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-67 and NPF-16, which authorize Florida Power & Light Company (FPL or the applicant) to operate St. Lucie Plant (St. Lucie), Unit Nos. 1 and 2. The subsequent renewed operating licenses would authorize the applicant to operate St. Lucie for an additional 20 years beyond the period specified in each of the current renewed licenses. The current renewed operating licenses for St. Lucie expire as follows: Unit 1 on March 1, 2036, and Unit 2 on April 6, 2043. Because this application contains sensitive unclassified non-safeguards information (SUNSI), an order imposes procedures to obtain access to SUNSI for contention preparation.
Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility
Document Number: 2021-21053
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On July 30, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC's (WEC's) license renewal application to continue to operate its Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility (CFFF) for an additional 40 years. The public comment period for the draft EIS opened on August 6 and closed on September 20, 2021. The NRC has decided to re-open the public comment period until November 19, 2021 to allow more time for the public to submit comments. The CFFF is located in Hopkins, South Carolina, and manufactures nuclear fuel assemblies for commercial nuclear power plants. The WEC's license renewal request, if granted as proposed, would allow the CFFF to continue to be a source of nuclear fuel for commercial nuclear power plants for 40 years from the date the NRC approves the renewal.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2021-20986
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-27
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
689th Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS)
Document Number: 2021-20751
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control Plan Required for Special Nuclear Material of Moderate Strategic Significance
Document Number: 2021-20631
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft NUREG, NUREG-2159, ``Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Fundamental Nuclear Material Control Plan Required for Special Nuclear Material of Moderate Strategic Significance.'' This draft NUREG provides information to facilitate compliance with NRC regulations applicable to fundamental nuclear material control plans.
SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC; SHINE Medical Isotope Production Facility
Document Number: 2021-20622
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of an amendment to Construction Permit No. CPMIF-001, issued to SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC, for the construction of the SHINE Medical Isotope Production Facility. The proposed amendment would allow the receipt and possession of certain radioactive materials necessary for the continued construction of the SHINE Medical Isotope Production Facility. Because this amendment request contains sensitive unclassified non-safeguards information (SUNSI), an order imposes procedures to obtain access to SUNSI for contention preparation.
Preparing Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics Submittals
Document Number: 2021-20566
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-1382, ``Preparing Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics Submittals'' and accompanying draft NUREG/CR-7278, ``Technical Basis for the use of Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics in Regulatory Applications.'' This DG is proposed new Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.245. This draft guide describes a framework to develop the contents of a licensing submittal that the staff of the NRC considers acceptable when performing probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analyses in support of regulatory applications. The draft NUREG provides the technical basis for DG-1382.
Measuring, Evaluating, and Reporting Radioactive Material in Liquid and Gaseous Effluents and Solid Waste
Document Number: 2021-20565
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing revision 3 of Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.21, ``Measuring, Evaluating, and Reporting Radioactive Material in Liquid and Gaseous Effluents and Solid Waste.'' The revision of RG describes an approach that is acceptable to the staff of the NRC to meet regulatory requirements for; (1) measuring, evaluating, and reporting plant related radioactivity in effluents and solid radioactive waste shipments from NRC licensed facilities, and (2) assessing and reporting the public dose to demonstrate compliance with NRC regulations.
NRC's Full Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022 Through 2026
Document Number: 2021-20542
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comments on its Fiscal Years (FYs) 2022-2026 Full Draft Strategic Plan. The Full Draft Strategic Plan provides the agency's proposed strategic goals and objectives and proposed strategies for achieving them. The NRC encourages and welcomes stakeholder feedback that can help inform the continued development of the NRC's FYs 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and evidence building and evaluation activities.
Information Collection: NRC Insider Threat Program for Licensees and Others Requiring Access to Classified Information
Document Number: 2021-20475
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public comment on this proposed information collection. The information collection is entitled, ``NRC Insider Threat Program for Licensees and Others Requiring Access to Classified Information.''
Extending the Duration of the AP1000 Design Certification
Document Number: 2021-20227
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to update the design to reflect changes provided by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and to extend the duration of the AP1000 design certification for an additional 5 years. The NRC invites public comment on this proposed rule and environmental assessment.
Extending the Duration of the AP1000 Design Certification
Document Number: 2021-20226
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to update the design to reflect changes provided by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and to extend the duration of the AP1000 design certification for an additional 5 years. The NRC is also issuing an environmental assessment.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2021-20296
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Operator Licensing Examination Standards for Power Reactors
Document Number: 2021-20171
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing NUREG- 1021, Revision 12, ``Operator Licensing Examination Standards for Power Reactors.''
Interim Storage Partners, LLC; WCS Consolidated Interim Storage Facility; Issuance of Materials License and Record of Decision
Document Number: 2021-20092
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued Materials License No. SNM-2515 to Interim Storage Partners, LLC (ISP) to construct and operate the WCS Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) as proposed in its license application, as amended, and to receive, possess, store, and transfer spent nuclear fuel and Greater- than-Class-C radioactive waste at the WCS CISF in Andrews County, Texas. ISP will be required to operate under the conditions listed in Materials License No. SNM-2515. The NRC staff has published a record of decision (ROD) that supports the NRC's decision to approve ISP's license application for the WCS CISF and to issue the license.
Perma-Fix Northwest Richland, Inc.
Document Number: 2021-19841
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received and is considering issuing an export license (XW029) requested by Perma-Fix Northwest Richland, Inc. (PFNW). On July 2, 2021, PFNW filed an application with the NRC for a license authorizing the export of low- level radioactive waste to BWXT Medical, Ltd., Canada. The NRC is providing notice of the opportunity to comment, request a hearing, and petition to intervene on PFNW's application.
Perma-Fix Northwest Richland, Inc.
Document Number: 2021-19840
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received and is considering issuing an export license (XW028) requested by Perma-Fix Northwest Richland, Inc. (PFNW). On July 2, 2021, PFNW filed an application with the NRC for a license authorizing the export of low- level radioactive waste to Nordion (Canada) Inc., Canada. The NRC is providing notice of the opportunity to comment, request a hearing, and petition to intervene on PFNW's application.
Issuance of Exemption in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Document Number: 2021-19824
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued one exemption in August 2021 in response to a request from one licensee for relief due to the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE). The exemption affords the licensee temporary relief from certain requirements under NRC regulations.
Considerations for Estimating Site-Specific Probable Maximum Precipitation at Nuclear Power Plants in the United States of America
Document Number: 2021-19636
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-13
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a knowledge management NUREG, NUREG/KM-0015, ``Considerations for Estimating Site-Specific Probable Maximum Precipitation at Nuclear Power Plants in the United States of America.'' The NRC staff and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have prepared a reference document summarizing recent lessons-learned in connection with a review of the site-specific probable maximum precipitation (SSPMP) estimates used by some nuclear power plant owners and operators in connection with a recent re-evaluation of external flooding at their respective project sites.
Safety-Related Steel Structures and Steel-Plate Composite Walls for Other Than Reactor Vessels and Containments
Document Number: 2021-19621
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-13
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is correcting a notice that was published in the Federal Register (FR) on September 7, 2021, regarding the issuance of Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.243, ``Safety- Related Steel Structures and Steel-Plate Composite Walls for other than Reactor Vessels and Containments.'' This action is necessary to correct the NRC Docket ID in the notice title and the ADDRESSES section and to correct a date in the Additional Information section.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2021-19719
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-10
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Systematic Assessment for How the NRC Addresses Environmental Justice in Its Programs, Policies, and Activities
Document Number: 2021-19549
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-10
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On July 9, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested comments as part of its systematic review for how NRC programs, policies, and activities address environmental justice. Specifically, the NRC requested input on how the agency is addressing environmental justice, considering the agency's mission and statutory authority. The information will be used to inform the agency's assessment of how it addresses environmental justice. The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on August 23, 2021 and was extended to September 22, 2021. The NRC has decided to extend the public comment period to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments.
NextEra Energy Duane Arnold, LLC; Duane Arnold Energy Center; Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report
Document Number: 2021-19417
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On June 19, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) solicited comments on the post-shutdown decommissioning activities report (PSDAR) for the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC). The PSDAR, which includes the site-specific decommissioning cost estimate (DCE), provides an overview of NextEra Energy Duane Arnold, LLC's planned decommissioning activities, schedule, projected costs, and environmental impacts for DAEC. The NRC will hold an in-person as well as a virtual public meeting to discuss the DAEC PSDAR and DCE and to receive comments.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria
Document Number: 2021-19306
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-08
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. The NRC staff is also rescinding a prior determination of the successful completion of particular inspections, tests, analyses, and acceptance criteria (ITAAC) for VEGP Units 3 and 4.
Seeks Qualified Candidates for the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards
Document Number: 2021-19179
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-08
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seeks qualified candidates for the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). Submit resumes to Ms. Makeeka Compton and Ms. Jamila Perry, ACRS, Mail Stop: T2B50, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555- 0001, or email Makeeka.Compton@nrc.gov and Jamila.Perry@nrc.gov.
In the Matter of LaCrosseSolutions, LLC; La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor
Document Number: 2021-19343
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an order to extend the effectiveness of a September 24, 2019, order, which approved the direct transfer of Possession Only License No. DPR-45 for the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor (LACBWR) from the current holder, LaCrosseSolutions, LLC, to Dairyland Power Cooperative and approved a conforming license amendment, for 12 months beyond its current September 24, 2021, expiration date.
In the Matter of ZionSolutions, LLC and Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Zion Nuclear Power Station, Units 1 and 2
Document Number: 2021-19342
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an order to extend until November 26, 2022, the effectiveness of a November 26, 2019, order, which approved the direct transfer of Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-39 and DPR-48 for Zion Nuclear Power Station (ZNPS), Units 1 and 2, respectively, and the general license for the ZNPS independent spent fuel storage installation from the current holder, ZionSolutions, LLC, to Exelon Generation Company, LLC and approved conforming license amendments.
Safety-Related Steel Structures and Steel-Plate Composite Walls for Other Than Reactor Vessels and Containments
Document Number: 2021-19178
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.243, ``Safety-Related Steel Structures and Steel-Plate Composite Walls for Other Than Reactor Vessels and Containments.'' RG 1.243 is a new guide that proposes guidance to meet regulatory requirements for safety-related steel structures and steel plate composite walls for other than reactor vessels and containments by endorsing with exceptions, the 2018 edition of ANSI/ANS N690-2018, ``Specification for Safety-Related Steel Structures for Nuclear Facilities.''
Monthly Notice Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations
Document Number: 2021-18934
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-07
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 monthly 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 (NSHC), notwithstanding the pendency before the Commission of a request for a hearing from any person. This monthly notice includes all amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, from July 23, 2021, to August 19, 2021. The last monthly notice was published on August 10, 2021.
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: 2021-17612
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) received and is considering approval of two amendment requests. The amendment requests are for Florida Power & Light Co., Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station, Unit Nos. 3 and 4 and Tennessee Valley Authority, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, Units 1, 2, and 3. For each amendment request, the NRC proposes to determine that they involve no significant hazards consideration (NSHC). Because each amendment request contains sensitive unclassified non-safeguards information (SUNSI), an order imposes procedures to obtain access to SUNSI for contention preparation by persons who file a hearing request or petition for leave to intervene.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2021-19241
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Southern Nuclear Operating Company Inc; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4
Document Number: 2021-19133
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-03
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 (COL) 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, 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.