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

673rd Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS)
Document Number: 2020-09127
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Clarification of Personal Access Authorization Requirements for Non-Immigrant Foreign Nationals Working at Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2020-08974
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On March 31, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) solicited comments on a draft regulatory issue summary (RIS) to reinforce the existing requirement that prior to granting or reinstating unescorted access (UA), or certifying unescorted access authorization (UAA) to non-immigrant foreign nationals for the purpose of performing work, licensees shall take reasonable steps to access reliable, independent sources of information, in addition to the information provided by the applicant, to verify the applicant's claimed non-immigration status. The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on April 30, 2020. 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.
Notice To Conduct Scoping and Prepare an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Generic Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2020-08798
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will conduct a scoping process to gather information necessary to prepare an ANR GEIS for small-scale advanced nuclear reactors. The NRC is seeking stakeholder input and comments on this action and has scheduled a public meeting webinar.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 4
Document Number: 2020-08349
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-04-30
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 Multipurpose Canister Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 4 to Certificate of Compliance No. 1032. Amendment No. 4 revises the certificate of compliance to: Add multipurpose canister (MPC)-32ML for storage and allow the fuel assembly class 16x16D as content for MPC-32ML; add the fuel assembly class 16X16E as content for MPC-37; and make changes to the final safety analysis report to separate the design pressure for the short-term operation from the off-normal condition (to provide clarity in Table 2.2.1), add cautionary notes to Sections 9.2.1 and 9.2.3, update a definition, and replace a test program. These changes are discussed in more detail in the ``Discussion of Changes'' section of this direct final rule.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1032, Amendment No. 4
Document Number: 2020-08348
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations by revising the Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Multipurpose Canister Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 4 to Certificate of Compliance No. 1032. Amendment No. 4 revises the certificate of compliance to: Add multipurpose canister (MPC)-32ML for storage and allow the fuel assembly class 16x16D as content for MPC- 32ML; add the fuel assembly class 16X16E as content for MPC-37; and make changes to the final safety analysis report to separate the design pressure for the short-term operation from the off-normal condition (to provide clarity in Table 2.2.1), add cautionary notes to Sections 9.2.1 and 9.2.3, update a definition, and replace a test program.
Plant Security Force Duties
Document Number: 2020-09053
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-29
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing Regulatory Guide (RG) 5.43, ``Plant Security Force Duties.'' RG 5.43 was published in January 1975 to provide guidance to applicants and licensees subject to NRC regulations on the organization of plant security forces and the duties of guards, watchmen, and other individuals responsible for security, as described in their facilities' security plans. RG 5.43 is being withdrawn because it contains regulatory guidance that is out of date and is no longer the preferred method for these applicants and licensees to use to meet the requirements. Future applicants and licensees may use several other more relevant regulatory guidance documents to meet those regulatory requirements.
Information Collection: DOE/NRC Form 740M, Concise Note; DOE/NRC Form 741, Nuclear Material Transaction Report; DOE/NRC Form 742, Material Balance Report; and DOE/NRC Form 742C, Physical Inventory Listing
Document Number: 2020-09041
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-29
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 collections are entitled, ``DOE/NRC Form 740M, Concise Note; DOE/NRC Form 741, Nuclear Material Transaction Report; DOE/NRC Form 742, Material Balance Report; and DOE/NRC Form 742C, Physical Inventory Listing.''
ZionSolutions LLC; Dominion Energy Kewaunee, Inc.; Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC
Document Number: 2020-08925
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued four exemptions in response to requests from ZionSolutions LLC; Dominion Energy Kewaunee, Inc.; and Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC. The exemptions allow the licensees to deviate from the requirements for the MAGNASTOR[supreg] storage cask system in Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 7 (for Catawba and McGuire) and Amendment No. 6 (for Zion and Kewaunee), by utilizing two exceptions to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. The NRC is issuing a single notice to announce the issuance of these exemptions because these are nearly identical.
Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3
Document Number: 2020-08918
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-28
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued an exemption in response to an April 13, 2020, request from Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (the licensee), as supplemented by letter dated April 16, 2020. The exemption grants the licensee's request for a temporary exemption for Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3 (Indian Point 2 and 3) from the requirements with respect to extending the completion time for annual fire brigade physical examinations by 90 days for 15 fire brigade members.
Virginia Electric and Power Company; Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2
Document Number: 2020-08847
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-27
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an exemption in response to an April 6, 2020, request from the Virginia Electric and Power Company to temporarily suspend the requirement for on-the-job training to allow certain security training personnel to re- qualify for assigned duties and responsibilities as an Armed Responder for the Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2.
Holtec International HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Project
Document Number: 2020-08826
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-27
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued for public comment a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Holtec International's (Holtec's) application to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and Greater-Than Class C (GTCC) waste, along with a small quantity of mixed oxide fuel. The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on May 22, 2020. Given recent events associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency, 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.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2020-08892
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-24
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In the Matter of the Dow Chemical Company; Dow TRIGA Research Reactor
Document Number: 2020-08686
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-24
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, the Commission) is issuing an order approving an application filed by the Dow Chemical Company (TDCC) on November 22, 2019. The application sought NRC approval of the indirect transfer of control of Renewed Facility Operating License No. R-108 for the Dow TRIGA Research Reactor (DTRR). The indirect transfer of control 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. The NRC determined that TDCC remains qualified to hold Renewed Facility Operating License No. R-108, and that the indirect transfer of the license is otherwise consistent with the applicable provisions of law, regulations, and orders issued by the Commission pursuant thereto. The NRC further determined that the indirect transfer of control of the license necessitated no changes to the license. The order is effective on the date it was issued.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2020-08802
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC; Oconee Nuclear Station, Unit Nos. 1, 2, and 3
Document Number: 2020-08596
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued an exemption for the Oconee Nuclear Station, Unit Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in response to a request from Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC dated April 14, 2020, as supplemented by letter dated April 16, 2020, for an exemption from specific requirements in the NRC's regulations regarding security officer participation in force-on-force training exercises.
Information Collection: COVID-19 Work Hour Controls Exemption Request Form
Document Number: 2020-08563
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-23
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public comment on our request for emergency review for and OMB approval of the information collection that is summarized below. The information collection is entitled, ``COVID-19 Work Hour Controls Exemption Request Form.''
Virginia Electric and Power Company; Surry Power Station, Unit Nos. 1 and 2
Document Number: 2020-08503
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-22
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of amendments to Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR- 32 and DPR-37, issued to Virginia Electric and Power Company, for operation of the Surry Power Station (Surry), Unit Nos. 1 and 2. The proposed amendments would revise Technical Specification (TS) 6.4.Q.4.b to add a note to permit a one-time deferral of the Surry, Unit No. 2 Steam Generator (SG) B inspection from the Surry, Unit No. 2 spring 2020 refueling outage (RFO) (2R29) to the Surry, Unit No. 2 fall 2021 RFO (2R30).
Information Collection: Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants
Document Number: 2020-08473
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-22
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, Certifications, and Approvals for Nuclear Power Plants.''
Order Suspending General License Authority To Export Byproduct Material to Pakistan
Document Number: 2020-08412
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-21
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an Order suspending the general license authority under NRC regulations for exports of byproduct material to Pakistan. Exporters are no longer authorized to use the general license to export byproduct material to Pakistan and now must apply for a specific license pursuant to NRC regulations.
Biweekly Notice; Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations
Document Number: 2020-07978
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-21
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 (NSHC), 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 March 24, 2020, to April 6, 2020. The last biweekly notice was published on April 7, 2020.
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2020-08462
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-20
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Standard Format and Content of Safeguards Contingency Plans for Transportation
Document Number: 2020-08158
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-17
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing Regulatory Guide (RG) 5.56, ``Standard Format and Content of Safeguards Contingency Plans for Transportation.'' RG 5.56 is being withdrawn because it contains regulatory guidance that is out of date and not currently necessary.
Standard Format and Content for Applications to Renew Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses
Document Number: 2020-08134
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-17
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 2 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.188, ``Standard Format and Content for Applications to Renew Nuclear Power Plant Operating Licenses.'' This RG describes the standard format and content that the NRC staff considers acceptable for applications for renewal and subsequent renewal of operating licenses for commercial nuclear power plants.
Information Collection: NRC CUI Program Challenge Request Process
Document Number: 2020-08130
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-17
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) invites public comment on this proposed collection of information. The information collection is entitled, ``NRC CUI Program Challenge Request Process.''
Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Braidwood Station, Unit No. 2
Document Number: 2020-07972
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-16
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of an amendment to Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF- 77, issued to Exelon Generation Company, LLC, for operation of the Braidwood Station, Unit No. 2. The proposed amendment would provide a one-time extension of steam generator tube inspections to allow the inspections to be conducted after three operating cycles instead of after the current required two operating cycles. The amendment is necessary to avoid conflicts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding social distancing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The amendment also avoids a possible scenario in which expertise required to conduct the inspections is lost because of COVID-19 infections.
Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes: Meeting Notice
Document Number: 2020-07970
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-16
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will convene a teleconference meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI) on April 30, 2020, to discuss the draft recommendations of the ACMUI COVID-19 Subcommittee. The ACMUI subcommittee's recommendations will include its review of the impact of COVID-19 on the medical use community and potential regulatory relief measures as it relates to the medical uses of radioactive material. Meeting information, including a copy of the agenda and handouts, will be available at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/acmui/ meetings/2020.html. The agenda and handouts may also be obtained by contacting Ms. Kellee Jamerson using the information below.
Honeywell International Inc.; Metropolis Works Facility
Document Number: 2020-07946
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-15
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a renewed license SUB-526, Docket No. 40-3392, to Honeywell International Inc. for its Metropolis Works (MTW) Facility uranium source conversion facility in Metropolis, IL. The renewed license expires on March 24, 2060. This action informs the public of the renewal of the issuance for the Honeywell MTW and discusses the staffs finding with respect to the issuance of the renewed license.
Information Collection: NRC Form 212, Qualifications Investigation, Professional, Technical and Administrative Positions
Document Number: 2020-07904
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-15
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 212, Qualifications Investigation, Professional, Technical and Administrative Positions.''
Information Collection: NRC Form 4, Cumulative Occupational Exposure History
Document Number: 2020-07872
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-15
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 4, Cumulative Occupational Exposure History.''
Sunshine Act Meetings
Document Number: 2020-07960
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-14
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Design Review Guide for Instrumentation and Controls for Non-Light-Water Reactor Reviews
Document Number: 2020-07798
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-14
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is soliciting public comment on its draft Design Review Guide (DRG): Instrumentation and Controls for Non-Light-Water Reactor (non-LWR) Reviews. This DRG provides guidance for the NRC staff to use in reviewing the Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) portions of applications for advanced non-LWRs within the bounds of existing regulations. The guidance supports NRC's Non-LWR Vision and Strategy, Implementation Action Plan Strategy 3, which involves developing: (1) Guidance for flexible regulatory review processes for non-LWRs within the bounds of existing regulations; and (2) a new non-LWR regulatory framework that is risk-informed and performance-based, and that features NRC staff's review efforts commensurate with the demonstrated safety performance of non-LWR technologies.
Patient Release Criteria for Radioactive Iodine
Document Number: 2020-07383
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-13
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received a petition for rulemaking from Peter Crane, on behalf of the organization, Sensible Controls on Administrations of Radioactive Iodine, dated November 15, 2019. The petitioner requests that the NRC revise its regulations regarding the criteria for patient release after the administration of radioactive iodine. The petition was docketed by the NRC on January 24, 2020 and has been assigned Docket No. PRM-35-21. The NRC is examining the issues raised by the petition to determine whether they should be considered in rulemaking. The NRC is not seeking public comment on this petition at this time.
Information Collection: Suspicious Activity Reporting Using the Protected Web Server
Document Number: 2020-07615
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-10
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, ``Suspicious Activity Reporting Using the Protected Web Server.''
Virginia Electric and Power Company; Dominion Energy Virginia; Surry Power Station, Unit Nos. 1 and 2
Document Number: 2020-07560
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-10
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has published a final plant-specific supplement, Supplement 6, Second Renewal, to the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, NUREG-1437, regarding the subsequent renewal of Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-32 and DPR-37 for an additional 20 years of operation for Surry Power Station, Unit Nos. 1 and 2, respectively (Surry). Surry is located in Surry County, Virginia.
Duke Energy Progress Inc.; Combined License Application for Shearon Harris; Nuclear Power Plant Units 2 and 3
Document Number: 2020-07485
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an exemption in response to a December 02, 2019, letter from Duke Energy Progress, Inc. (DEP), which requested an exemption from certain regulatory requirements for DEP to submit an update to the final safety analysis report (FSAR) included in its application for combined licenses (COLs) for Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant (Harris) Units 2 and 3 by December 31, 2019. The NRC staff reviewed this request and determined that it is appropriate to grant the exemption, but stipulated that the next update to the FSAR must be submitted prior to, or coincident with, the resumption of the COL application review or by December 31, 2024, whichever comes first.
Information Collection: NRC Form 536, “Operator Licensing Examination Data”
Document Number: 2020-07457
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-09
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 536, ``Operator Licensing Examination Data.''
Anchoring Components and Structural Supports in Concrete
Document Number: 2020-07421
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 1 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.199, ``Anchoring Components and Structural Supports in Concrete.'' The guide was revised to endorse updated versions of the codes and standards that were endorsed in Revision 0 of the guide.
Transfer of Very Low-Level Waste To Exempt Persons for Disposal; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2020-07418
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On March 6, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) solicited comments on a proposed interpretation of its low-level radioactive waste disposal regulations that would permit licensees to dispose of waste by transfer to persons who hold specific exemptions for the purpose of disposal. The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on April 20, 2020. In recognition of the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic across the nation, 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.
Issuance of a Revision to the Guidance Document for Alternative Disposal Requests
Document Number: 2020-07417
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-09
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a revision to its guidance document for alternative disposal requests, ``Guidance for the Reviews of Proposed Disposal Procedures and Transfers of Radioactive Material Under 10 CFR 20.2002 and 10 CFR 40.13(a).'' This document provides guidance and the NRC staff process for documenting, reviewing, and dispositioning requests received for alternative disposal of licensed material. The revision incorporates changes made in response to comments received on the draft guidance document, as well as interactions with NRC stakeholders.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units 3 and 4; Removal of the Preoperational Passive Residual Heat Removal Heat Exchanger Natural Circulation Test
Document Number: 2020-07380
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-08
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. 177 and 176 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.
Fire Protection Compensatory Measures
Document Number: 2020-07341
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-08
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is denying Petition for Rulemaking (PRM)-50-115, ``Petition for RulemakingFire Protection Compensatory Measures,'' dated May 1, 2017, submitted by David Lochbaum and Paul Gunter (the petitioners) on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Beyond Nuclear, respectively. The petitioners request that the NRC issue regulations that establish acceptable conditions for the use of compensatory measures (e.g., fire watches, surveillance cameras) during periods when fire protection regulations are not met, as well as define the maximum duration that compensatory measures may be relied upon. The NRC staff concludes that the petitioners did not present sufficient new information or arguments to warrant the requested changes to the regulations in light of the NRC's relevant past decisions and current policies. Therefore, the NRC is denying PRM-50-115.
Release of Patients Administered Radioactive Material
Document Number: 2020-07307
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing Revision 1 to Regulatory Guide (RG) 8.39, ``Release of Patients Administered Radioactive Material.'' This RG (Revision 1) provides licensees with more detailed instructions to provide to patients before and after they have been administered radioactive material than was in Revision 0. In addition, the guide includes a new section on ``Death of a Patient Following Radiopharmaceutical or Implants Administrations,'' as well as requirements for recordkeeping. Also, Table 3, ``Activities of Radiopharmaceuticals That Require Instructions and Records When Administered to Patients Who Are Breastfeeding an Infant or Child,'' has been revised.
In the Matter of Duke Energy Florida, LLC; Crystal River Unit 3 Nuclear Generating Plant and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation
Document Number: 2020-07261
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an order approving the transfer to ADP CR3, LLC (ADP CR3) of the licensed authority of Duke Energy Florida, LLC (DEF) under Facility Operating License No. DPR-72 for the Crystal River Unit 3 Nuclear Generating Plant (CR-3) and the general license for the CR-3 independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) to possess, maintain, and decommission CR-3 and its ISFSI. The order also approves a draft conforming administrative license amendment to reflect the transfer from DEF to ADP CR3. The NRC determined that ADP CR3 is qualified to hold the licenses to the extent proposed, and that the transfer is otherwise consistent with applicable provisions of law, regulations, and orders issued by the Commission pursuant thereto, subject to the condition described in the order. The order became effective on April 1, 2020.
Biweekly Notice; Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations
Document Number: 2020-06624
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
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 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 approximately March 10, 2020, to March 23, 2020. The last biweekly notice was published on March 24, 2020.
Oklo, Inc.; Oklo Power
Document Number: 2020-06939
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is providing public notice of receipt and availability of an application for a combined license from Oklo Power, a subsidiary of Oklo, Inc.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042, Amendment No. 1
Document Number: 2020-06663
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-03
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 TN Americas LLC NUHOMS[supreg] EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 1 to Certificate of Compliance No. 1042. Amendment No. 1 makes the following changes: Adds a new basket type (Type 4) to allow for the loading of intact, damaged, or failed fuel; adds another new basket type (Type 5) with low conductivity poison basket plates and low emissivity coated steel basket plates; accepts fuel assemblies with a minimum two-year cooling time, in selected locations within the basket; adds the NUHOMS[supreg] MATRIX design as an alternative to the EOS horizontal storage module design for the storage of spent fuel; and makes additional revisions to the certificate of compliance and the technical specifications for consistency and clarity.
List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: TN Americas LLC NUHOMS® EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1042, Amendment No. 1
Document Number: 2020-06662
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-04-03
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its spent fuel storage regulations by revising the TN Americas LLC NUHOMS[supreg] EOS Dry Spent Fuel Storage System listing within the ``List of approved spent fuel storage casks'' to include Amendment No. 1 to Certificate of Compliance No. 1042. Amendment No. 1 makes the following changes: Adds a new basket type (Type 4) to allow for the loading of intact, damaged, or failed fuel; adds another new basket type (Type 5) with low conductivity poison basket plates and low emissivity coated steel basket plates; accepts fuel assemblies with a minimum two-year cooling time, in selected locations within the basket; adds the NUHOMS[supreg] MATRIX design as an alternative to the EOS horizontal storage module design for the storage of spent fuel; and makes additional revisions to the certificate of compliance and the technical specifications for consistency and clarity. These changes are discussed in more detail in the ``Discussion of Changes'' section of this rule.
Entergy Operations, Inc.; River Bend Station, Unit 1
Document Number: 2020-06906
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of an amendment to Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF- 47, issued to Entergy Operations, Inc. (the licensee), for operation of the River Bend Station, Unit 1. The proposed amendment would extend the implementation time from May 13, 2020, to September 30, 2020, for the NRC-approved license amendment issued May 14, 2019, associated with revising the emergency action levels (EALs) scheme based on Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) guidance. The licensee is requesting this extension due to unforeseen circumstances.
Retrospective Review of Administrative Requirements
Document Number: 2020-06682
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-02
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
On February 4, 2020, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested input from its licensees and members of the public 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 public comment period originally was scheduled to close on April 6, 2020. 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.