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

Entergy Operations, Inc; Waterford Steam Electric Station; Unit 3
Document Number: 2021-28279
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an exemption in response to an October 12, 2021, request from Entergy Operations, Inc., as supplemented on December 13, 2021. The licensee requested a one-time schedular exemption for Waterford Steam Electric Station, Unit 3, to postpone the current scheduled Emergency Preparedness (EP) biennial exercise until Calendar Year 2022. This postponement is due to the impact of Hurricane Ida on the Waterford site, the State of Louisiana and the local government agencies, as they continue to respond to the aftermath of the Hurricane Ida.
Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact of Morris Operation Decommissioning Funding Plans
Document Number: 2021-28278
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing this notice regarding the issuance of a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for its review and approval of the initial and updated decommissioning funding plans submitted by GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC, for the Morris Operation Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation.
Revision of Fees for the Criminal History Program: Fee Recovery for Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2021-28262
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will increase the current fee of 10 dollars assessed to applicants and licensees for criminal history record checks to 35 dollars. This fee increase is necessary to recover the full cost for the administration of the Criminal History Program (CHP). Information regarding this change can be found on the NRC's CHP public website at https://www.nrc.gov/ security/chp.html and in the CHP users guide at https://www.nrc.gov/ site-help/e-submittals/criminal-history-user-guide.pdf.
692nd Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS)
Document Number: 2021-28188
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection: NRC Form 798, Request for a Medical Exception to the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Document Number: 2021-28145
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-28
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, NRC Form 798, ``Request for a Medical Exception to the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement.''
Access Authorization Fees
Document Number: 2021-28117
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations to update the access authorization fees charged to NRC licensees for work performed under the Material Access Authorization Program and the Information Access Authority Program. The change in fees is due to an increase in the review time for each application for access authorization. This amendment is prompted by a recent audit of fees performed by an external certified public accounting and financial management services firm and ensures that the NRC continues to recover the full costs of processing access authorization requests from NRC licensees. The proposed rule also would make two administrative changes to revise definitions to include new naming conventions for background investigation case types and to specify the electronic process for completing security forms.
Access Authorization Fees
Document Number: 2021-28116
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations to update the access authorization fees charged to NRC licensees for work performed under the Material Access Authorization Program and the Information Access Authority Program. The change in fees is due to an increase in the review time for each application for access authorization. This amendment is prompted by a recent audit of fees performed by an external certified public accounting and financial management services firm and ensures that the NRC continues to recover the full costs of processing access authorization requests from NRC licensees. The direct final rule also makes two administrative changes to revise definitions to include new naming conventions for background investigation case types and to specify the electronic process for completing security forms.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.; Vogtle Electric Generating Plant Units 3 and 4
Document Number: 2021-28129
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, the Commission) is issuing an exemption from the Commission's regulations in response to a November 5, 2021, request, as supplemented by letter dated November 12, 2021, from Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. (SNC), as applicable to Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (VEGP) Units 3 and 4. Specifically, SNC requested a schedular exemption from NRC requirements, which require, in part, a holder of a combined license (COL) after the Commission finds that the acceptance criteria in the COL are met for the unit to implement all fitness for duty (FFD) requirements, except for certain FFD requirements for construction, before the receipt of special nuclear material in the form of fuel assemblies. Approval of this exemption would allow VEGP Units 3 and 4 to delay implementation of the requirements of an FFD program that meets all FFD requirements, except for certain FFD requirements for construction, until a point before each unit's initial fuel load into the reactor.
Monthly Notice; Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations
Document Number: 2021-27415
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to 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 November 11, 2021, to December 9, 2021. The last monthly notice was published on November 30, 2021.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2021-28146
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-27
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Quality Group Classifications and Standards for Water-, Steam-, and Radioactive-Waste-Containing Components of Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2021-27688
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-22
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 6 to Regulatory Guide (RG), 1.26 ``Quality Group Classifications and Standards for Water-, Steam-, and Radioactive- Waste-Containing Components of Nuclear Power Plants.'' Revision 6 to RG 1.26 incorporates additional information that provides guidance for alternative quality classification systems for components in light- water reactor (LWR) nuclear power plants and updates the staff position regarding classification of Quality Group C components to reflect the latest guidance on systems that contain radioactive material since Revision 5 (02/2017), of RG 1.26 was issued. The appendices to this revised RG provide guidance for alternative quality classification systems for components in LWR nuclear power plants.
Evaluating the Habitability of a Nuclear Power Plant Control Room During a Postulated Hazardous Chemical Release
Document Number: 2021-27667
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-22
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 2 to Regulatory Guide (RG), 1.78, ``Evaluating the Habitability of a Nuclear Power Plant Control Room during a Postulated Hazardous Chemical Release.'' The revision of RG 1.78 describes an approach that is acceptable to the NRC staff to meet regulatory requirements for evaluating the habitability of a nuclear power plant control room during a postulated hazardous chemical release. Releases of hazardous chemicals, onsite and off-site, can result in the nearby control room becoming uninhabitable.
Control of Heavy Loads at Nuclear Facilities
Document Number: 2021-27550
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.244 (Revision 0), ``Control of Heavy Loads at Nuclear Facilities.'' RG 1.244 is a new regulatory guide to endorse selected national consensus standards related to heavy load handling that replace NRC technical reports. The national consensus standards provide greater flexibility in the selection of lifting equipment and have incorporated recent operating experience to provide a more accurate risk-informed perspective of heavy load handling activities.
Exelon Generation Company, LLC; R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant
Document Number: 2021-27574
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an exemption in response to an October 6, 2021, request from Exelon Generation Company, LLC, as supplemented by letter dated November 15, 2021, which requested a one-time exemption from the NRC regulations, to postpone the conduct of the offsite portions of the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant biennial emergency preparedness (EP) exercise until a date prior to July 20, 2022.
Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC; Palisades Nuclear Plant
Document Number: 2021-27491
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-20
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an exemption in response to a December 23, 2020, request from Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC (HDI). The exemption permits HDI to make withdrawals from the Palisades Nuclear Plant (PNP) Decommissioning Trust Fund (DTF) for spent fuel management and site restoration activities at PNP without prior notification to the NRC. This exemption is effective upon issuance, but only applies to HDI upon the consummation of the indirect transfer of the license for PNP to Holtec International and the transfer of the operating authority under the license to HDI.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2021-27471
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-17
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Monitoring Criteria and Methods To Calculate Occupational Radiation Doses
Document Number: 2021-27302
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-17
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG), DG-8060, ``Monitoring Criteria and Methods to Calculate Occupational Radiation Doses.'' This DG is proposed Revision 1 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 8.34 of the same name. This proposed revised guidance describes an approach that is acceptable to the staff of the NRC to meet the NRC regulations for monitoring and determining the dose to occupationally exposed individuals.
In the Matter of Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., Entergy Nuclear Palisades, LLC, Holtec International and Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC, Big Rock Point Plant and Palisades Nuclear Plant
Document Number: 2021-27274
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-16
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an order approving the transfer of Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR-20 for the Palisades Nuclear Plant (Palisades), the general license for the Palisades Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI), Facility Operating License No. DPR-6 for Big Rock Point Plant (Big Rock Point), and the general license for the Big Rock Point ISFSI (referred to collectively as the Sites and the licenses) to a Holtec International (Holtec) subsidiary to be known as Holtec Palisades, LLC (Holtec Palisades). The order also approves the transfer of operating authority from the currently licensed operator, Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (ENOI), to Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC (HDI). The NRC is also issuing draft conforming amendments to the facility operating licenses for administrative purposes to reflect the transfer of the licenses from ENOI to HDI and the planned name change for Entergy Nuclear Palisades, LLC to Holtec Palisades.
Geologic and Geotechnical Site Characterization Investigations for Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2021-27115
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-15
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 3 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.132, ``Geologic and Geotechnical Site Characterization Investigations for Nuclear Power Plants.'' It provides guidance on field investigations for determining the geologic, geotechnical, geophysical, and hydrogeologic characteristics of a prospective site for engineering analysis and design of nuclear power plants.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, TN-32 Dry Storage Cask, Certificate of Compliance No. 1021, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment No. 1
Document Number: 2021-27059
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-15
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of January 19, 2022, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021. This direct final rule amended the TN Americas LLC, TN-32 Dry Storage Cask listing in the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment No. 1 of Certificate of Compliance No. 1021.
Dow Corning Corporation; Building DC-3
Document Number: 2021-26962
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-14
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering approval of an amendment to Materials License 21-08362-08, issued on June 28, 2021 and held by Dow Corning Corporation, to approve the Decommissioning Plan for Building DC-3 and its adjacent areas, located at 2200 West Salzburg Road in Auburn, Michigan. If approved, the licensee would be allowed to implement the proposed Decommissioning Plan for decontamination and remediation of the affected areas of the DC-3 Building site, in order to meet the NRC's criteria for unrestricted use. As part of its review, the NRC conducted an assessment of the environmental impacts of the proposed decommissioning action. This notice provides details regarding the NRC's environmental assessment (EA) and the corresponding finding of no significant impact (FONSI).
Termination of Operating Licenses for the General Atomics TRIGA Reactor Facility
Document Number: 2021-26961
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-14
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is providing notice of the termination of Facility Operating License No. R-38 and Facility Operating License No. R-67 for the General Atomics (GA; the licensee) TRIGA Reactor Facility in San Diego, California, where the Mark I and Mark F non power research reactors are located. The NRC has terminated the licenses for the decommissioned GA TRIGA Reactor Facility and has released the site for unrestricted use.
Safety Review of Light-Water Power-Reactor Construction Permit Applications
Document Number: 2021-27035
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-14
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), ``Safety Review of Light-Water Power-Reactor Construction Permit Applications.'' The NRC staff is preparing for the review of construction permit applications. The purpose of this ISG is to clarify existing guidance and to assist the NRC staff in determining whether an application to construct a light-water power-reactor facility meets the minimum requirements to issue a construction permit.
Information Collection: NRC Form 7, Application for NRC Export/Import License Amendment, Renewal, or Consent Request(s)
Document Number: 2021-26767
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
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 Form 7, ``Application for NRC Export/Import License Amendment, Renewal, or Consent Request(s).''
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2021-26920
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Risk-Informed, Technology-Inclusive Regulatory Framework for Advanced Reactors
Document Number: 2021-26877
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On November 8, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reopened the comment period on the preliminary proposed rule language for a risk-informed, technology-inclusive framework for reactor licensing. The public comment period was scheduled to close on January 31, 2022. 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.
Information Collection: NRC Online Form, Request for Alternatives
Document Number: 2021-26646
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-09
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 Online Form, ``Request for Alternatives.''
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, TN-68 Dry Storage Cask, Certificate of Compliance No. 1027, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment No. 1
Document Number: 2021-26628
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the TN Americas LLC, TN-68 Dry Storage Cask listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment No. 1 of Certificate of Compliance No. 1027. The renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment No. 1 revises the certificate of compliance's conditions and technical specifications to address aging management activities related to the structures, systems, and components (SSCs) of the dry storage system to ensure that the SSCs will maintain their intended functions during the period of extended storage operations.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC, TN-68 Dry Storage Cask, Certificate of Compliance No. 1027, Renewal of Initial Certificate and Amendment No. 1
Document Number: 2021-26627
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-09
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 TN Americas LLC, TN-68 Dry Storage Cask System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to renew, for an additional 40 years, the initial certificate and Amendment No. 1 of Certificate of Compliance No. 1027. The renewal of the initial certificate and Amendment No. 1 revises the certificate of compliance's conditions and technical specifications to address aging management activities related to the structures, systems, and components of the dry storage system to ensure that the structures, systems, and components will maintain their intended functions during the period of extended storage operations.
Information Collection: NRC Insider Threat Program for Licensees and Others Requiring Access to Classified Information
Document Number: 2021-26594
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-08
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, ``NRC Insider Threat Program for Licensees and Others Requiring Access to Classified Information.''
Draft Programmatic Agreement Between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Navajo Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Office, New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and United Nuclear Corporation Regarding the United Nuclear Corporation Mill Site and Northeast Church Rock Mine Site Located in McKinley County, New Mexico
Document Number: 2021-26408
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting comment on a draft Programmatic Agreement (PA) between the NRC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Navajo Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NNTHPO), New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office (NMSHPO), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and United Nuclear Corporation (UNC). The purpose of this draft PA is to resolve any adverse effects to historic properties identified during consultation for a proposed license amendment application for the UNC Mill Site.
Issuance of Exemption in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Document Number: 2021-26407
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued one exemption in October 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.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2021-26423
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
NextEra Energy Point Beach, LLC; Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Unit Nos. 1 and 2
Document Number: 2021-26230
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On November 9, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published in the Federal Register a notice of availability of the draft plant-specific Supplement 23, Second Renewal, to the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, NUREG-1437, regarding the proposed subsequent renewal of Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-24 and DPR-27 for an additional 20 years of operation for Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Unit Nos. 1 and 2 (Point Beach). The NRC is announcing two public comment webinars to receive comments on this document. The meetings will allow interested members of the public to submit their comments.
Kairos Power, LLC
Document Number: 2021-26119
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-01
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff accepts and dockets an application for a construction permit for the Hermes test reactor to be built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes: Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2021-26111
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-01
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI) on December 15, 2021 to discuss the NRC staff's draft Alpha Tau Alpha DartTM Manual Brachytherapy Licensing Guidance and the ACMUI Subcommittee on Alpha Dart draft report on the proposed draft licensing guidance; the NRC staff's draft additional licensing considerations memo for CivaTech Oncology Inc.'s CivaDermTM and the ACMUI Subcommittee ACMUI Subcommittee on Civaderm draft report on the proposed draft memo; the NRC staff's draft revision of Regulatory Guide 8.39, ``Release of Patients Administered Radioactive Material and the ACMUI Subcommittee on Regulatory Guide 8.39, ``Release of Patients Administered Radioactive Material'' draft report on the proposed draft revision of the regulatory guide. The meeting agenda is subject to change. The current agenda and any updates will be available on the ACMUI's Meetings and Related Documents web page at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/acmui/meetings / 2021.html or by emailing Mr. Don Lowman at the contact information below.