[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 34 (Friday, February 20, 2004)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7986-7987]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-3676]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Notice of Availability of Model Application Concerning Technical 
Specification Improvement To Extend the Completion Times for Inoperable 
Containment Isolation Valves at Combustion Engineering Plants Using the 
Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the staff of the Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a model application relating 
to changes to the completion time in Standard Technical Specifications 
(STS) 3.6.3, ``Containment Isolation Valves (Atmospheric and Dual),'' 
for Combustion Engineering (CE) plants. The change to the Technical 
Specifications (TSs) would extend to 7 days the completion time to 
isolate the affected penetration flow path when selected containment 
isolation valves (CIVs) are inoperable in either a penetration flow 
path with two CIVs or in a penetration flow path with one CIV in a 
closed system. These changes are based on Revision 2 of Technical 
Specification Task Force (TSTF) change traveler TSTF-373, ``Increase 
CIV Completion Time in Accordance with CE-NPSD-1168,'' which has been 
approved for incorporation into the STS for CE plants (NUREG-1432). The 
purpose of this model is to permit the NRC to efficiently process 
amendments that propose to modify TSs to extend the completion time for 
CIVs. Licensees of nuclear power reactors to which the model applies 
may request amendments using the model application.

DATES: The NRC staff issued a Federal Register Notice (68 FR 64375, 
November 13, 2003) which provided a model safety evaluation (SE) and a 
model no significant hazards consideration (NSHC) determination 
relating to the extension of the completion time for TS actions related 
to inoperable CIVs at CE plants. The NRC staff hereby announces that 
the model SE and NSHC determination may be referenced in plant-specific 
applications to extend the CIV completion times as described in 
Revision 2 to TSTF-373. The staff has posted a model application on the 
NRC web site to assist licensees in using the consolidated line item 
improvement process (CLIIP) to request the subject TS change. The NRC 
staff can most efficiently consider applications based upon the model 
application if the application is submitted within a year of this 
Federal Register Notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Reckley, Mail Stop: O-7D1, 
Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001, telephone (301) 415-1323.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Regulatory Issue Summary 2000-06, ``Consolidated Line Item 
Improvement Process for Adopting Standard Technical Specifications 
Changes for Power Reactors,'' was issued on March

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20, 2000. The CLIIP is intended to improve the efficiency of NRC 
licensing processes. This is accomplished by processing proposed 
changes to the standard technical specifications (STS) in a manner that 
supports subsequent license amendment applications. The CLIIP includes 
an opportunity for the public to comment on proposed changes to the STS 
following a preliminary assessment by the NRC staff and finding that 
the change will likely be offered for adoption by licensees. The CLIIP 
directs the NRC staff to evaluate any comments received for a proposed 
change to the STS and to either reconsider the change or to proceed 
with announcing the availability of the change for proposed adoption by 
licensees. Those licensees opting to apply for the subject change to 
TSs are responsible for reviewing the staff's evaluation, referencing 
the applicable technical justifications, and providing any necessary 
plant-specific information. Each amendment application made in response 
to the notice of availability will be processed and noticed in 
accordance with applicable rules and NRC procedures.
    This notice involves the extension of the completion time to 
isolate the affected penetration flow path when selected CIVs are 
inoperable in either a penetration flow path with two CIVs or in a 
penetration flow path with one CIV in a closed system. This change was 
proposed for incorporation into the STS by the CE Owners Group (CEOG) 
participants in the TSTF and is designated as Revision 2 to TSTF-373. 
TSTF-373 is supported by CE-NPSD-1168-A, ``Joint Applications Report 
for Containment Isolation Valve AOT [Allowed Outage Time] Extension,'' 
dated January 2001, accessible electronically from the Agencywide 
Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic 
Reading Room on the Internet (ADAMS Accession Number ML010780257) at 
the NRC Web site at www@nrc.gov. Persons who do not have access to 
ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in 
ADAMS, should contact the NRC Public Document Room reference staff by 
telephone at 1-800-397-4209, (301) 415-4737, or by e-mail to 
pdr@nrc.gov.
    The CLIIP does not prevent licensees from requesting an alternative 
approach or proposing the changes without the referencing the model SE 
and the NSHC. Variations from the approach recommended in this notice 
may, however, require additional review by the NRC staff and may 
increase the time and resources needed for the review.

Applicability

    This proposed change to revise the TS completion times for selected 
CIVs is applicable to CE pressurized water reactors.

Public Notices

    In a notice in the Federal Register dated November 13, 2003 (68 FR 
64375), the NRC staff requested comment on the use of the CLIIP to 
process requests to extend the completion time for selected inoperable 
CIVs at CE plants as described in Revision 2 to TSTF-373. TSTF-373, as 
well as the NRC staff's SE and model application, may be examined, and/
or copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public Document Room, located at One 
White Flint North, Public File Area O-1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike 
(first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available records are 
accessible electronically from the ADAMS Public Library component on 
the NRC Web site, (the Electronic Reading Room).
    The NRC staff did not receive comments following the notice for 
comment about the use of the CLIIP for licensees to adopt TSTF-373. As 
described in the model application prepared by the staff, licensees may 
reference in their plant-specific applications to adopt this change to 
TSs, the SE, NSHC determination, and environmental assessment 
previously published in the Federal Register (68 FR 64375, November 13, 
2003).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 10th day of February 2004.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Robert A. Gramm,
Chief, Section 1, Project Directorate IV, Division of Licensing Project 
Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 04-3676 Filed 2-19-04; 8:45 am]
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