[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 92 (Wednesday, May 12, 2004)]
[Notices]
[Pages 26414-26416]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-10737]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 72-52; EA 04-080]


In the Matter of Tennessee Valley Authority; Browns Ferry Nuclear 
Plant, 6A Lookout Place, 1101 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 
37402-2801; Order Modifying License (Effective Immediately)

I

    Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been issued a general license 
by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
authorizing storage of spent fuel in an independent spent fuel storage 
installation (ISFSI) in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, 
10 CFR part 50, and 10 CFR part 72. This Order is being issued to TVA 
who has identified near term plans to store spent fuel in an ISFSI 
under the general license provisions of 10 CFR part 72. The Commission 
regulations at 10 CFR 72.212(b)(5) and 10 CFR 73.55(h)(1) require TVA 
to maintain safeguards contingency plan procedures in accordance with 
10 CFR part 73, appendix C. Specific safeguards requirements are 
contained in 10 CFR 73.55.

II

    On September 11, 2001, terrorists simultaneously attacked targets 
in New York, NY, and Washington, DC, utilizing large commercial 
aircraft as weapons. In response to the attacks and intelligence 
information subsequently obtained, the Commission issued a number of 
Safeguards and Threat Advisories to its licensees in order to 
strengthen licensees' capabilities and readiness to respond to a 
potential attack on a nuclear facility. The Commission has also 
communicated with other Federal, State, and local government agencies 
and industry representatives to discuss and evaluate the current threat 
environment in order

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to assess the adequacy of security measures at licensed facilities. In 
addition, the Commission has been conducting a comprehensive review of 
its safeguards and security programs and requirements.
    As a result of its consideration of current safeguards and security 
plan requirements, as well as a review of information provided by the 
intelligence community and other governmental agencies, the Commission 
has determined that certain compensatory measures are required to be 
implemented by licensees as prudent, interim measures, to address the 
current threat environment in a consistent manner throughout the 
nuclear ISFSI community. Therefore, the Commission is imposing 
requirements, as set forth in Attachment 1 \1\ of this Order, on TVA 
who has indicated near term plans to store spent fuel in an ISFSI under 
the general license provisions of 10 CFR part 72. These interim 
requirements, which supplement existing regulatory requirements, will 
provide the Commission with reasonable assurance that the public health 
and safety and common defense and security continue to be adequately 
protected in the current threat environment. These requirements will 
remain in effect until the Commission determines otherwise.
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    \1\ Attachment 1 contains SAFEGUARDS information and will not be 
released to the public.
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    The Commission recognizes that some measures may not be possible or 
necessary, or may need to be tailored to accommodate the specific 
circumstances existing at TVA's facility to achieve the intended 
objectives and avoid any unforeseen effect on the safe storage of spent 
fuel.
    In order to provide assurance that licensees are implementing 
prudent measures to achieve a consistent level of protection to address 
the current threat environment, the Commission concludes that security 
measures must be embodied in an Order consistent with the established 
regulatory framework. TVA's general license issued pursuant to 10 CFR 
72.210 shall be modified to include the requirements identified in 
Attachment 1 to this Order. In addition, pursuant to 10 CFR 2.202, the 
Commission finds that in the circumstances described above, the public 
health, safety and interest require that this Order be effective 
immediately.

III

    Accordingly, pursuant to sections 103, 104, 161b, 161i, 161o, 182 
and 186 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and the 
Commission's regulations in 10 CFR Sec.  2.202 and 10 CFR parts 50, 72 
and 73, It is hereby ordered, effective immediately, that your general 
license is modified as follows:
    A. TVA shall, notwithstanding the provisions of any Commission 
regulation or license to the contrary, comply with the requirements 
described in Attachment 1 to this Order except to the extent that a 
more stringent requirement is set forth in their security plan. TVA 
shall immediately start implementation of the requirements in 
Attachment 1 to the Order and shall complete implementation before 
spent fuel is initially placed in the ISFSI.
    B. 1. TVA shall, within twenty (20) days of the date of this Order, 
notify the Commission: (1) If they are unable to comply with any of the 
requirements described in Attachment 1, (2) if compliance with any of 
the requirements is unnecessary in their specific circumstances, or (3) 
if implementation of any of the requirements would cause the licensee 
to be in violation of the provisions of any Commission regulation or 
the facility license. The notification shall provide the licensee's 
justification for seeking relief from or variation of any specific 
requirement.
    2. If TVA considers that implementation of any of the requirements 
described in Attachment 1 to this Order would adversely impact the safe 
storage of spent fuel, TVA must notify the Commission, within twenty 
(20) days of this Order, of the adverse safety impact, the basis for 
its determination that the requirement has an adverse safety impact, 
and either a proposal for achieving the same objectives specified in 
the Attachment 1 requirement in question, or a schedule for modifying 
the facility to address the adverse safety condition. If neither 
approach is appropriate, TVA must supplement its response to Condition 
B.1 of this Order to identify the condition as a requirement with which 
it cannot comply, with attendant justifications as required in 
Condition B.1.
    C. 1. TVA shall, within twenty (20) days of the date of this Order, 
submit to the Commission, a schedule for achieving compliance with each 
requirement described in Attachment 1.
    2. TVA shall report to the Commission when they have achieved full 
compliance with the requirements described in Attachment 1.
    D. Notwithstanding the provisions of 10 CFR 72.212(b)(5), all 
measures implemented or actions taken in response to this Order shall 
be maintained until the Commission determines otherwise.
    TVA's responses to Conditions B.1, B.2, C.1, and C.2, shall be 
submitted in accordance with 10 CFR 72.4. In addition, submittals that 
contain Safeguards Information shall be properly marked and handled in 
accordance with 10 CFR 73.21.
    The Director, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards may, 
in writing, relax or rescind any of the above conditions upon 
demonstration by TVA of good cause.

IV

    In accordance with 10 CFR 2.202, TVA must, and any other person 
adversely affected by this Order may, submit an answer to this Order, 
and may request a hearing on this Order, within twenty (20) days of the 
date of this Order. Where good cause is shown, consideration will be 
given to extending the time to request a hearing. A request for 
extension of time in which to submit an answer or request a hearing 
must be made in writing to the Director, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555, and include a statement of good cause for the extension. The 
answer may consent to this Order. Unless the answer consents to this 
Order, the answer shall, in writing and under oath or affirmation, 
specifically set forth the matters of fact and law on which the 
licensee or other person adversely affected relies and the reasons as 
to why the Order should not have been issued. Any answer or request for 
a hearing shall be submitted to the Secretary, Office of the Secretary 
of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ATTN: 
Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, Washington, DC 20555. Copies also 
shall be sent to the Director, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and 
Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555, 
to the Assistant General Counsel for Materials Litigation and 
Enforcement at the same address; to the Regional Administrator for NRC 
Region II; and to the licensee if the answer or hearing request is by a 
person other than the licensee. Because of potential disruptions in 
delivery of mail to United States Government offices, it is requested 
that answers and requests for hearing be transmitted to the Secretary 
of the Commission, either by means of facsimile transmission to 301-
415-1101, or by e-mail to hearingdocket@nrc.gov and also to the Office 
of the General Counsel, either by means of facsimile transmission to 
301-415-3725, or by e-mail to OGCMailCenter@nrc.gov. If a person other 
than TVA requests a hearing, that

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person shall set forth with particularity the manner in which his 
interest is adversely affected by this Order and shall address the 
criteria set forth in 10 CFR 2.714(d).
    If a hearing is requested by TVA or a person whose interest is 
adversely affected, the Commission will issue an Order designating the 
time and place of any hearing. If a hearing is held, the issue to be 
considered at such a hearing shall be whether this Order should be 
sustained.
    Pursuant to 10 CFR 2.202(c)(2)(i), TVA may, in addition to 
demanding a hearing, at the time the answer is filed or sooner, move 
the presiding officer to set aside the immediate effectiveness of the 
Order on the ground that the Order, including the need for immediate 
effectiveness, is not based on adequate evidence but on mere suspicion, 
unfounded allegations, or error.
    In the absence of any request for hearing, or written approval of 
an extension of time in which to request a hearing, the provisions 
specified in Section III above shall be final twenty (20) days from the 
date of this Order without further order or proceedings. If an 
extension of time for requesting a hearing has been approved, the 
provisions specified in Section III shall be final when the extension 
expires if a hearing request has not been received. An answer or a 
request for hearing shall not stay the immediate effectiveness of this 
order.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 7 day of May, 2004.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Jack Strosnider,
Director, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 04-10737 Filed 5-11-04; 8:45 am]
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