[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 57 (Monday, March 26, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14143-14145]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-5434]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Notice of Availability Concerning Technical Specification 
Improvement To Add an Action Statement for Two Inoperable Control Room 
Air Conditioning Subsystems to the Technical Specifications 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 
changes to the Standard Technical Specifications (STS), Section 3.7.5 
(STS 3.7.4 for BWR/6), ``Control Room Air Conditioning (AC) System'' 
for NUREG-1433 (BWR/4) and NUREG-1434 (BWR/6), Rev. 3.0. The changes 
add an Action Statement to Limiting Condition for Operation (LCO) (LCO 
3.7.5 for BWR/4 and LCO 3.7.4 for BWR/6). The new Action Statement 
allows a finite time to restore one control room AC subsystem to 
operable status and requires verification that control room temperature 
remains < 90[deg]F every 4 hours. The proposed changes would also 
revise the Bases for STS 3.7.5 (STS 3.7.4 for BWR/6).
    The NRC staff has also prepared a model safety evaluation (SE) and 
no significant hazards consideration (NSHC) determination relating to 
this matter. The purpose of these models is to permit the NRC to 
efficiently process amendments that propose to adopt the associated 
changes into plant-specific technical specifications (TS). Licensees of 
nuclear power reactors to which the models apply may request amendments 
confirming the applicability of the SE and NSHC determination to their 
reactors.

DATES: The NRC staff issued a Federal Register Notice (71 FR 75774, 
December 18, 2006) that provided a model SE and a model NSHC 
determination relating to adding an action statement for two inoperable 
control room AC subsystems to the plant specific TS. 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 Standard Technical Specifications (STS), Section 
3.7.5, ``Control Room Air Conditioning (AC) System.'' The NRC staff can 
most efficiently consider applications based

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upon the model application if the application is submitted within one 
year of this Federal Register Notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter C. Hearn, Mail Stop: O12H2, 
Division of Inspection and Regional Support, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001, telephone 301-415-1189.

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 includes an opportunity for the public to 
comment on proposed changes to operating licenses, including the 
technical specifications (TS), after a preliminary assessment by the 
NRC staff and a 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 generic change to operating licenses 
and to either reconsider the change or issue the announcement of 
availability for the change proposed for adoption by licensees. Those 
licensees opting to apply for the subject change to operating licenses 
are responsible for reviewing the NRC 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 adding an action statement for two inoperable control room AC 
subsystems to the associated STS Limiting Condition for Operation 
(LCO).

Applicability

    This proposed change to the standard technical specifications (STS) 
was submitted by the Technical Specifications Task Force (TSTF) in 
TSTF-477, Revision 3, ``Adding an Action Statement for Two Inoperable 
Control Room Air Conditioning Subsystems.''
    This proposal to modify technical specification requirements by the 
adoption of TSTF-477 is applicable to all licensees of General Electric 
Boiling Water Reactors who have adopted or will adopt in conjunction 
with the change, technical specification requirements for a Bases 
Control Program consistent with the TS Bases Control Program described 
in Section 5.5 of the STS. Licensees that have not adopted requirements 
for a Bases Control Program by converting to the improved STS or by 
other means, are requested to include the requirements for a Bases 
Control Program consistent with the STS in their application for the 
change. The need for a Bases Control Program stems from the need for 
adequate regulatory control of some key elements of the proposal that 
are contained in the Bases upon adoption of TSTF-477. The staff is 
requesting that the Bases changes be included with the proposed license 
amendments consistent with the Bases in TSTF-477. To ensure that the 
overall change, including the Bases, includes appropriate regulatory 
controls, the staff plans to condition the issuance of each license 
amendment on the licensee's incorporation of the changes into the Bases 
document and on requiring the licensee to control the changes in 
accordance with the Bases Control Program.
    To efficiently process the incoming license amendment applications, 
the NRC staff requests that each licensee applying for the changes 
addressed in TSTF-477 use the CLIIP to submit an application that 
adheres to the following model. Any deviations from the model 
application should be explained in the licensee's submittal.
    The CLIIP does not prevent licensees from requesting an alternate 
approach or proposing changes other than those proposed in TSTF-477. 
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. Significant variations from the 
approach, or inclusion of additional changes to the license, will 
result in staff rejection of the submittal. Instead, licensees desiring 
significant variations and/or additional changes should submit a LAR 
that does not claim to adopt TSTF-477.

Public Notices

    In a Federal Register Notice dated December 18, 2006 (71 FR 75774), 
the NRC staff requested comment on the use of the CLIIP to process 
requests to adopt the TSTF-477 changes. In addition, there have been 
multiple notices published for plant-specific amendment requests to 
adopt changes similar to those described in this notice.
    The NRC staff's model 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, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, 
Maryland 20852. Publicly available records are accessible 
electronically from the Agencywide Documents Access and Management 
System (ADAMS) Public Library component on the NRC Web site (the 
Electronic Reading Room).
    The NRC staff received no formal comments following the notice 
published on December 18, 2006 (71 FR 75774), soliciting comments on 
the model SE and NSHC determination related to the TSTF-477 changes. 
The staff did receive editorial comments on the model SE and model 
application. The comments involving a spacing issue between words, 
deleting the extraneous use of the word Bases, a missing parentheses 
and replacing the an ``iSTS'' acronym with ``STS'' were incorporated. 
The comment involving placing a bracket around the Control Room 
Temperature limit of < 90[deg]F was not incorporated since it would 
allow Control Room Temperatures of greater than 90[deg]F. The comment 
was retained involving removing the term ``Changes to the Bases or 
license controlled document are performed in accordance with 10 CFR 
50.59'' in order emphasize the requirement for a License Amendment and 
Safety Evaluation when Bases changes affect the Technical 
Specifications.
    The NRC 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 NRC staff, licensees may reference in their 
plant-specific applications to adopt the TSTF-477 changes, the model 
SE, NSHC determination, and environmental assessment previously 
published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2006 (71 FR 75774).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of March 2007.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Timothy J. Kobetz,
Chief, Technical Specifications Branch, Division of Inspection and 
Regional Support, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
    For inclusion on the technical specification Web page, the 
following example of an application was prepared by the NRC staff to 
facilitate 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-477, revision 3, add an action 
statement for two inoperable control room air conditioning 
subsystems to the technical specifications using cliip. Licensees 
remain responsible for ensuring that their actual application 
fulfills their administrative requirements as well as nuclear 
regulatory commission regulations.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Document Control Desk, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001

SUBJECT: Plant Name, Docket No. 50-, Application For Technical 
Specification

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Change Tstf-477, Add An Action Statement For Two Inoperable Control 
Room Air Conditioning Subsystems To The Technical Specifications 
Using Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process
    Gentlemen: In accordance with the provisions of 10 CFR 50.90 
[LICENSEE] is submitting a request for an amendment to the technical 
specifications (TS) for [PLANT NAME, UNIT NOS.].
    The proposed amendment would modify the TS by adding an action 
statement for two inoperable control room AC subsystems to the plant 
specific TS.
    Enclosure 1 provides a description of the proposed change, the 
requested confirmation of applicability, and plant-specific 
verifications. Enclosure 2 provides the existing TS pages marked up 
to show the proposed change. Enclosure 3 provides revised (clean) TS 
pages. Enclosure 4 provides the existing TS Bases pages marked up to 
show the proposed change in accordance with 10 CFR 50.36(a).
    [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 enclosures, 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 [NAME, TELEPHONE NUMBER]
 Sincerely,

[Name, Title]

Enclosures:
    1. Description and Assessment
    2. Proposed Technical Specification Changes
    3. Revised Technical Specification Pages
    4. Marked up Existing TS Bases Changes

cc: NRC Project Manager
    NRC Regional Office
    NRC Resident Inspector
    State Contact

Enclosure 1--Description and Assessment

1.0 Description

    The proposed amendment would modify technical specifications by 
adding an Action Statement to the Limiting Condition for Operation 
(LCO). The new Action Statement allows a finite time to restore one 
control room AC subsystem to operable status and requires 
verification that control room temperature remains < 90 [deg]F every 
4 hours.\1\
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    \1\ [In conjunction with the proposed change, technical 
specifications (TS) requirements for a Bases Control Program, 
consistent with the TS Bases Control Program described in Section 
5.5 of the applicable vendor's standard TS (STS), shall be 
incorporated into the licensee's TS, if not already in the TS.]
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    The changes are consistent with Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
(NRC) approved Industry/Technical Specification Task Force (TSTF) 
TSTF-477 Revision 3. The availability of this TS improvement was 
published in the Federal Register on [DATE] as part of the 
consolidated line item improvement process (CLIIP).

2.0 Assessment

2.1 Applicability of TSTF-477, and Published Safety Evaluation

    [LICENSEE] has reviewed TSTF-477 (Reference 1), and the NRC 
model safety evaluation (SE) (Reference 2) as part of the CLIIP. 
[LICENSEE] has concluded that the information in TSTF-477, as well 
as 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. [NOTE: Only those changes proposed in 
TSTF-477 are addressed in the model SE. The model SE addresses the 
entire fleet of General Electric Boiling Water Reactors. The plants 
adopting TSTF-477 must confirm the applicability of the changes to 
their plant.]

2.2 Optional Changes and Variations

    [LICENSEE] is not proposing any variations or deviations from 
the TS changes described in TSTF-477 or the NRC staff's model safety 
evaluation dated [DATE]. [NOTE: The CLIIP does not prevent licensees 
from requesting an alternate approach or proposing changes without 
the requested Bases or Bases control program. However, deviations 
from the approach recommended in this notice may require additional 
review by the NRC staff and may increase the time and resources 
needed for the review. Significant variations from the approach, or 
inclusion of additional changes to the license, will result in staff 
rejection of the submittal. Instead, licensees desiring significant 
variations and/or additional changes should submit a LAR that does 
not claim to adopt TSTF-477.]

3.0 Regulatory Analysis

3.1 No Significant Hazards Consideration Determination

    [LICENSEE] has reviewed the proposed no significant hazards 
consideration determination (NSHC) published in the Federal Register 
as part of the CLIIP. [LICENSEE] has concluded that the proposed 
NSHC presented in the Federal Register notice is applicable to 
[PLANT] and is hereby incorporated by reference to satisfy the 
requirements of 10 CFR 50.91(a).

3.2 Verification and Commitments

    As discussed in the notice of availability published in the 
Federal Register on [DATE] for this TS improvement, plant-specific 
verifications were performed as follows:
    In addition, [LICENSEE] has proposed TS Bases consistent with 
TSTF-477 which provide guidance and details on how to implement the 
new requirements. Finally, [LICENSEE] has a Bases Control Program 
consistent with Section 5.5 of the Standard Technical Specifications 
(STS).

4.0 Environmental Evaluation

    The amendment changes requirements with respect to the 
installation or use of a facility component located within the 
restricted area as defined in 10 CFR part 20. The NRC staff has 
determined that the amendment adopting TSTF-477, Rev 3, involves no 
significant increase in the amounts and no significant change in the 
types of any effluents that may be released offsite, and that there 
is no significant increase in individual or cumulative occupational 
radiation exposure. The Commission has previously issued a proposed 
finding that TSTF-477, Rev 3, involves no significant hazards 
considerations, and there has been no public comment on the finding 
in Federal Register Notice 71 FR 75774, December 18, 2006. 
Accordingly, the amendment meets the eligibility criteria for 
categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(9). Pursuant to 
10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or environmental 
assessment need be prepared in connection with the issuance of the 
amendment.

5.0 References

    1. TSTF-477, Revision 3, ``Adding an Action Statement for Two 
Inoperable Control Room Air Conditioning Subsystems.''
    2. NRC Model Safety Evaluation Report.

Enclosure 2--Proposed Technical Specification Changes (Mark-Up)

Enclosure 3--Proposed Technical Specification Pages

    [Clean copies of Licensee specific Technical Specification (TS) 
pages, corresponding to the TS pages changed by TSTF-477, Rev 3, are 
to be included in Enclosure 3]

Enclosure 4--Proposed Changes to Technical Specification Bases Pages

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