[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 172 (Tuesday, September 6, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55137-55138]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-22644]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2011-0212]


Monitoring the Effectiveness of Maintenance at Nuclear Power 
Plants

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft regulatory guide; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is issuing for public comment draft regulatory guide (DG) DG-1278, 
``Monitoring the Effectiveness of Maintenance at Nuclear Power 
Plants.'' This guide endorses Revision 4A to Nuclear Management and 
Resources Council (NUMARC) 93-01, ``Industry Guideline for Monitoring 
the Effectiveness of Maintenance at Nuclear Power Plants,'' which 
provides methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for complying 
with the provisions of Section 50.65, ``Requirements for Monitoring the 
Effectiveness of Maintenance at Nuclear Power Plants,'' of Title 10, of 
the Code Of Federal Regulations, part 50, ``Domestic Licensing of 
Production and Utilization Facilities.''

DATES: Submit comments by October 31, 2011. Comments received after 
this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in 
connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed 
or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time.

ADDRESSES: Please include Docket ID NRC-2011-0212 in the subject line 
of your comments. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form 
will be posted on the NRC Web site and on the Federal rulemaking Web 
site, http://www.regulations.gov. Because your comments will not be 
edited to remove any identifying or contact information, the NRC 
cautions you against including any information in your submission that 
you do not want to be publicly disclosed.
    The NRC requests that any party soliciting or aggregating comments 
received from other persons for submission to the NRC inform those 
persons that the NRC will not edit their comments to remove any 
identifying or contact information, and therefore, they should not 
include any information in their comments that they do not want 
publicly disclosed. You may submit comments by any one of the following 
methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for documents filed under Docket ID NRC-
2011-0212. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 
telephone: 301-492-3668; e-mail: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, 
Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: TWB-05-B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001.
     Fax comments to: RADB at 301-492-3446.
    You can access publicly available documents related to this 
regulatory guide using the following methods:
     NRC's Public Document Room (PDR): The public may examine 
and have copied, for a fee, publicly available documents at the NRC's 
PDR, O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 
Maryland 20852.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): Publicly available documents created or received at the NRC 
are available online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this page, the public can gain entry into ADAMS, 
which provides text and image files of the NRC's public documents. If 
you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing 
the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC's PDR reference staff 
at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. 
The draft

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regulatory guide is available electronically under ADAMS Accession 
Number ML111640267 and the regulatory analysis under ADAMS Accession 
Number ML111640279. NUMARC 93-01 is available under ADAMS Accession 
Number ML11116A198.
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Public comments and 
supporting materials related to this regulatory guide can be found at 
http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID NRC-2011-0212.
     NRC's public Web site: Electronic copies of DG-1278 are 
also available through the NRC's public Web site under Draft Regulatory 
Guides in the ``Regulatory Guides'' collection of the NRC Library at 
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/. Regulatory guides are 
not copyrighted, and Commission approval is not required to reproduce 
them.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert G. Carpenter, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-251-
7483 or e-mail Robert.Carpenter@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    The NRC is issuing for public comment a draft guide in the agency's 
``Regulatory Guide'' series. This series was developed to describe and 
make available to the public such information as methods that are 
acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the 
NRC's regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating 
specific problems or postulated accidents, and data that the staff 
needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses.
    This draft regulatory guide is temporarily identified by its task 
number, DG-1278, which should be mentioned in all related 
correspondence. DG-1278 is the proposed revision 3 of Regulatory Guide 
1.160.
    This regulatory guide endorses NUMARC 93-01 which provides methods 
that are acceptable to the NRC staff for complying with the provisions 
of Section 50.65, ``Requirements for Monitoring the Effectiveness of 
Maintenance at Nuclear Power Plants,'' of 10 CFR part 50.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 26 day of August, 2011.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Harriet Karagiannis,
Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of 
Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2011-22644 Filed 9-2-11; 8:45 am]
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