[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 15 (Friday, January 23, 2004)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3400-3401]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-1414]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Review Standard for Extended Power Uprates; Availability of 
Review Standard

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Notice of Issuance of Review Standard.

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SUMMARY: The NRC is announcing the availability of Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation Review Standard (RS)-001, Revision 0, ``Review 
Standard for Extended Power Uprates,'' dated December 2003. RS-001, 
Revision 0, fully addressed the public comments received on the draft 
version of RS-001.
    This document is available for public inspection (1) at the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Public 
File Area O1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, (2) from 
the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System's (ADAMS) Public 
Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC Web site, http://
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html, using the Accession No. ML033640024, 
and (3) at the NRC's Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/

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reactors/operating/licensing/power-uprates.html. Persons who do not 
have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems accessing the document 
in ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1-
800-397-4209, (301) 415-4737, or by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mohammed A. Shuaibi, Senior Project 
Manager, Section 1, Project Directorate III, Division of Licensing 
Project Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, and Anthony 
C. McMurtray, Senior Project Manager, Section 1, Project Directorate 
III, Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation. Mr. Shuaibi may be reached by telephone at (301) 
415-2859 or e-mail at mas4@nrc.gov. Mr. McMurtray may be reached by 
telephone at (301) 415-4106 or e-mail at acm2@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The process of increasing the licensed power 
level at a commercial nuclear power plant is called a ``power uprate.'' 
Power uprates can be classified into three categories based on the 
magnitude of the power increase and the methods used to achieve the 
increase. Measurement uncertainty recapture power uprates result in 
power level increases that are less than 2 percent and are achieved by 
implementing enhanced techniques for calculating reactor power. Stretch 
power uprates typically result in power level increases that are up to 
7 percent and do not generally involve major plant modifications. 
Extended power uprates (EPUs) result in power level increases that are 
greater than stretch power uprates, have been approved for increases as 
high as 20 percent, and usually require significant modifications to 
major plant equipment. RS-001 is applicable to EPUs.
    RS-001 establishes standardized review guidance for the staff's 
reviews of EPU applications to enhance the consistency, quality, and 
completeness of the reviews. It serves as a tool for the staff's use 
when processing EPU applications in that it provides detailed 
references to various NRC documents containing specific information 
related to the areas of review.
    RS-001 also makes available to licensees the guidance used by the 
staff for reviewing and accepting EPU applications. Making this 
information available should help licensees prepare complete EPU 
applications that address the topics needed for the NRC staff's review. 
By addressing the areas in the review standard, a licensee could 
minimize the NRC staff's need for requests for additional information 
and thereby improve the efficiency of the staff's review.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 15th day of January, 2004.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ledyard B. Marsh,
Director, Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 04-1414 Filed 1-22-04; 8:45 am]
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