[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 127 (Tuesday, July 5, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38729-38731]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-3486]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Notice of Availability of Model Application Concerning Technical 
Specifications for Combustion Engineering Plants To Risk-Inform 
Requirements Regarding Selected Required Action End States 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 related to 
the revision of Combustion Engineering (CE) plant required action end 
state requirements in technical specifications (TS). The purpose of 
this model is to permit the NRC to efficiently process amendments that 
propose to revise CE TS required action end state requirements. 
Licensees of nuclear power reactors to which the model applies may 
request amendments utilizing the model application.

DATES: The NRC staff issued a Federal Register notice (70 FR 23238, May 
4, 2005) that provided a model safety evaluation (SE) and a model no 
significant hazards consideration (NSHC) determination relating to 
changing CE TS required action end state requirements. The NRC staff 
hereby announces that the model SE and NSHC determination may be 
referenced in plant-specific applications to adopt the changes. 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 revise the CE TS required action end state requirements. 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: O7D1, 
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 Specification 
Changes for Power Reactors,'' was issued on March 20, 2000. The CLIIP 
is intended to improve the efficiency of NRC licensing processes. This 
is accomplished by processing proposed changes to the standard TS (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 TS 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 revision of CE TS required action end 
state requirements. This proposed change was proposed for incorporation 
into the STS by participants in the Technical Specification Task Force 
(TSTF) and is designated TSTF-422, Revision 1. TSTF-422 can be viewed 
on the NRC Web site (http://www.nrc.gov).

Applicability

    This proposed change to revise CE TS required action end state 
requirements is applicable to licensees for CE PWRs who have adopted or 
will adopt, in conjunction with the proposed change, technical 
specification requirements for a Bases control program consistent with 
the TS Bases Control Program described in Section 5.5 of the applicable 
vendor's STS.
    To efficiently process the incoming license amendment applications, 
the staff requests each licensee applying for the changes addressed by 
TSTF-422 using the CLIIP to provide the information identified in the 
model application posted on the NRC Web site.

Public Notices

    In a notice in the Federal Register dated May 4, 2005 (70 FR 
23238), the

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staff requested comment on the use of the CLIIP to process requests to 
revise the CE TS regarding required action end state requirements.
    TSTF-422, as well as the NRC staff's safety evaluation 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, 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 staff did not receive any comments following the notice 
published on May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238), soliciting comments on the 
model SE and NSHC determination related to TSTF-422, Revision 1. The 
NRC staff has not made any changes to the previously published model SE 
and NSHC determination related to TSTF-422, Revision 1. The staff finds 
that the previously published models remain appropriate references and 
has chosen not to republish the model SE and model NSHC determination 
in this notice. As described in the model application prepared by the 
staff, licensees may reference in their plant-specific applications to 
adopt TSTF-422, the SE and NSHC determination previously published in 
the Federal Register (70 FR 23238; May 4, 2005).

    Dated in Rockville, Maryland, this 23rd day of June 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas H. Boyce,
Section Chief, Technical Specifications Section, Operating Improvements 
Branch, Division of Regulatory Improvement Programs, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation.

For Inclusion on Technical Specification Web Page

    The following example of an application was prepared by the NRC 
staff to facilitate the use of the consolidated line item improvement 
process (CLIIP). The model provides the expected level of detail and 
content for an application to adopt TSTF-422, Revision 1, ``Risk-
Informed Modifications to Selected Required Action End States,'' for 
Combustion Engineering Plants using CLIIP. Licensees remain responsible 
for ensuring that their actual application fulfills their 
administrative requirements as well as NRC regulations.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Document Control Desk, 
Washington, DC 20555.

Subject: Plant Name
Docket No. 50-
Application for Technical Specification Improvement Regarding Risk-
Informed Modifications to Selected Required Action End States for 
Combustion Engineering Plants

Gentlemen:

    In accordance with the provisions of 10 CFR 50.90 of Title 10 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), [LICENSEE] is submitting a 
request for an amendment to the technical specifications (TS) for 
[PLANT NAME, UNIT NOS.].
    The proposed amendment would revise the Combustion Engineering 
(CE) TS requirements related to Required Action End States. The 
change is consistent with NRC-approved Technical Specification Task 
Force (TSTF) Standard Technical Specification Change Traveler, TSTF-
422, Revision 1, ``Risk-informed Modifications to Selected Required 
Action End States.'' The availability of this TS improvement was 
announced in the Federal Register on [DATE] ([ ] FR [ ]) as part of 
the consolidated line item improvement process (CLIIP).
    Attachment 1 provides a description of the proposed change and 
confirmation of applicability.
    Attachment 2 provides the existing TS pages marked-up to show 
the proposed change.
    [LICENSEE] requests approval of the proposed license amendment 
by [DATE], with the amendment being implemented [BY DATE OR WITHIN X 
DAYS].
    In accordance with 10 CFR 50.91, a copy of this application, 
with attachments, is being provided to the designated [STATE] 
Official.
    I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United 
States of America that I am authorized by [LICENSEE] to make this 
request and that the foregoing is true and correct. [Note that 
request may be notarized in lieu of using this oath or affirmation 
statement].
    If you should have any questions regarding this submittal, 
please contact [ ].

     Sincerely,

     Name, Title

Attachments:
    1. Description and Assessment
    2. Proposed Technical Specification Changes

cc: NRR Project Manager
Regional Office
Resident Inspector
State Contact

ATTACHMENT 1--Description and Assessment

1.0 INTRODUCTION

    The proposed license amendment revises the requirements in 
Combustion Engineering (CE) Technical Specification (TS) 
requirements related to Required Action End States. The changes are 
consistent with NRC approved Technical Specification Task Force 
(TSTF) Standard Technical Specification Change Traveler, TSTF-422, 
Revision 1, ``Risk-informed Modifications to Selected Required 
Action End States.'' The availability of this technical 
specification improvement was announced in the Federal Register on 
[DATE] as part of the consolidated line item improvement process 
(CLIIP).

2.0 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT

    Consistent with the NRC-approved TSTF-422, Revision 1, the 
proposed TS changes include:
     Revised TS [3.3.5 (analog)], ``Engineering Safety 
Features Actuation Signal (ESFAS) Logic and Manual Trip''
     Revised TS [3.3.6 (digital)], ``ESFAS Logic and Manual 
Trip''
     Revised TS [3.3.8 (digital)], ``Containment Purge and 
Isolation Signal (CPIS)''
     Revised TS [3.3.8 (analog), 3.3.9 (digital)], ``Control 
Room Isolation Signal (CRIS)''
     Revised TS [3.3.9 (analog)], ``Chemical and Volume 
Control System (CVCS) Isolation Signal''
     Revised TS [3.3.10 (analog)], ``Shield Building 
Filtration Actuation Signal''
     Revised TS [3.4.6], ``Reactor Coolant System (RCS) 
Loops--MODE 4''
     Revised TS [3.5.4], ``Refueling Water Tank''
     Revised TS [3.6.2], ``Containment Air Locks''
     Revised TS [3.6.3], ``Containment Isolation Valves''
     Revised TS [3.6.4], ``Containment Pressure''
     Revised TS [3.6.5], ``Containment Air Temperature''
     Revised TS [3.6.6A], ``Containment Spray and Cooling 
Systems (Atmospheric and Dual)'' Credit taken for iodine removal by 
the Containment Spray System
     Revised TS [3.6.6B], ``Containment Spray and Cooling 
Systems (Atmospheric and Dual)'' Credit not taken for iodine removal 
by the Containment Spray System
     Revised TS [3.6.11], ``Shield Building (Dual)''
     Revised TS [3.7.7], ``Component Cooling Water System''
     Revised TS [3.7.8], ``Service Water System''
     Revised TS [3.7.9], ``Ultimate Heat Sink''
     Revised TS [3.7.10], ``Essential Chill Water''
     Revised TS [3.7.11], ``Control Room Emergency Air 
Cleanup System (CREACS)''
     Revised TS [3.7.12], ``Control Room Emergency Air 
Temperature Control System (CREATCS)''
     Revised TS [3.7.13], ``Emergency Core Cooling System 
Pump Room Exhaust Air Cleanup System (ECCS PREACS)''
     Revised TS [3.7.15], ``Penetration Room Exhaust Air 
Cleanup System (PREACS)''
     Revised TS [3.8.1], ``AC Sources--Operating''
     Revised TS [3.8.1], ``AC Sources--Operating''
     Revised TS [3.8.4], ``DC Sources--Operating''
     Revised TS [3.8.7], ``Inverters--Operating''
    Proposed revisions to the TS Bases are also included in this 
application. As discussed in the NRC's model safety evaluation, 
adoption of the revised TS Bases associated with TSTF-422, Revision 
1 is an integral part of

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implementing this TS improvement. The changes to the affected TS 
Bases pages will be incorporated in accordance with the TS Bases 
Control Program.

3.0 BACKGROUND

    The background for this application is adequately addressed by 
the NRC Notice of Availability published on [DATE ]([ ] FR [ ]), the 
NRC Notice for Comment published on May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238), and 
TSTF-422, Revision 1.

4.0 REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDANCE

    The applicable regulatory requirements and guidance associated 
with this application are adequately addressed by the NRC Notice of 
Availability published on [DATE ]([ ] FR [ ]), the NRC Notice for 
Comment published on May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238), and TSTF-422, 
Revision 1.

5.0 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

    [LICENSEE] has reviewed the safety evaluation (SE) published on 
May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238) as part of the CLIIP Notice for Comment. 
This included the NRC staff's SE supporting the changes associated 
with TSTF-422, Revision 1. [LICENSEE] has concluded that the 
justifications presented in the TSTF proposal and the SE prepared by 
the NRC staff are applicable to [PLANT, UNIT NOS.] and justify this 
amendment for the incorporation of the changes to the [PLANT] TS.

6.0 REGULATORY ANALYSIS

    A description of this proposed change and its relationship to 
applicable regulatory requirements and guidance was provided in the 
NRC Notice of Availability published on [DATE ]([ ] FR [ ]), the NRC 
Notice for Comment published on May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238), and TSTF-
422, Revision 1.

6.1 LIST OF REGULATORY COMMITMENTS

    The following table identifies those actions committed to by 
[LICENSEE] in this document. Any other statements in this submittal 
are provided for information purposes and are not considered to be 
regulatory commitments. Please direct questions regarding these 
commitments to [CONTACT NAME].

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            Regulatory commitments                                       Due date/event
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[LICENSEE] will establish the Technical        [Complete, implemented with amendment OR within X days of
 Specification Bases for the revised            implementation of amendment]
 specifications as adopted with the
 applicable license amendment.
[LICENSEE] will follow the guidance            [Ongoing, or implement with amendment]
 established in Section 11 of NUMARC 93-01,
 ``Industry Guidance for Monitoring the
 Effectiveness of Maintenance at Nuclear
 Power Plants,'' Nuclear Management and
 Resource Council, Revision 3, July 2000.
[LICENSEE] will follow the guidance            [Implement with amendment, when TS Required Action End State
 established in Revision 00 of WCAP-16364-NP,   remains within the APPLICABILITY of TS]
 ``Implementation Guidance for Risk Informed
 Modification to Selected Required Action End
 States at Combustion Engineering NSSS Plants
 (TSTF-422),'' Westinghouse, November 2004.
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7.0 NO SIGNIFICANT HAZARDS CONSIDERATION

    [LICENSEE] has reviewed the proposed no significant hazards 
consideration determination published on May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238) 
as part of the CLIIP. [LICENSEE] has concluded that the proposed 
determination presented in the notice is applicable to [PLANT] and 
the determination is hereby incorporated by reference to satisfy the 
requirements of 10 CFR 50.91(a).

8.0 ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION

    [LICENSEE] has reviewed the environmental consideration included 
in the model SE published on May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238) as part of 
the CLIIP. [LICENSEE] has concluded that the staff's findings 
presented in that model SE are applicable to [PLANT] and the 
determination is hereby incorporated by reference for this 
application.

9.0 PRECEDENT

    This application is being made in accordance with the CLIIP. 
[LICENSEE] is not proposing variations or deviations from the TS 
changes described in TSTF-422, Revision 1, or the NRC staff's model 
SE published on May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238).

10.0 REFERENCES

Federal Register notices:
    Notice for Comment published on May 4, 2005 (70 FR 23238)
    Notice of Availability published on [DATE]([ ] FR [ ])

ATTACHMENT 2--PROPOSED TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION CHANGES (MARK-UP)

ATTACHMENT 3--PROPOSED TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION PAGES

ATTACHMENT 4--PROPOSED TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION BASES PAGES (MARK-UP)

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