[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 19 (Monday, January 30, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4586-4587]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-1912]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Project No. 753, NRC-2012-0019]


Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on the Proposed Models 
for Plant-Specific Adoption of Technical Specifications Task Force 
Traveler TSTF-432, Revision 1, ``Change in Technical Specifications End 
States (WCAP-16294)'' Using the Consolidated Line Item Improvement 
Process

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of opportunity for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting 
public comment on the proposed model safety evaluation (SE) for plant-
specific adoption of Technical Specifications (TS) Task Force (TSTF) 
Traveler TSTF-432, Revision 1, ``Change in Technical Specifications End 
States (WCAP-16294).'' TSTF-432, Revision 1, is available in the 
Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) under 
Accession Number ML103360003; the model application is available in 
ADAMS under Accession Number ML113202614. The proposed model SE for 
plant-specific adoption of TSTF-432, Revision 1, is available 
electronically under ADAMS Accession Number ML112991526.
    The proposed change revises the Improved Standard Technical 
Specification (ISTS), NUREG-1431, ``Standard Technical Specifications 
Westinghouse Plants,'' to permit, for some systems, entry into a hot 
shutdown (Mode 4) end state rather than a cold shutdown (Mode 5) end 
state. The model SE will facilitate expedited approval of plant-
specific adoption of TSTF-432, Revision 1. This TS improvement is part 
of the consolidated line item improvement process (CLIIP).

DATES: Comment period expires on February 29, 2012. Comments received 
after this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so, but 
the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments 
received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: Please include Docket ID NRC-2012-0019 in the subject line 
of your comments. For additional instructions on submitting comments 
and instructions on accessing documents related to this action, see 
``Submitting Comments and Accessing Information'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document. 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-
2012-0019. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 
telephone: (301) 492-3668; email: 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Submitting Comments and Accessing Information

    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 can access publicly available documents related to this 
document 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 email to 
pdr.resource@nrc.gov.
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Public comments and 
supporting materials related to this notice can be found at http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID NRC-2012-0019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Michelle C. Honcharik, Senior 
Project Manager, Licensing Processes Branch, Mail Stop: O-12D20, 
Division of Policy and Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, 20555-
0001; telephone (301) 415-1774 or email at michelle.honcharik@nrc.gov. 
For technical questions, please contact Ms. Kristy Bucholtz, Reactor 
Systems Engineer, Technical Specifications Branch, Mail Stop: O-7C2A, 
Division of Safety Systems, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, 20555-0001; telephone 
(301) 415-1295 or email at kristy.bucholtz@nrc.gov.
    TSTF-432, Revision 1, is applicable to Westinghouse-designed 
pressurized water reactor (PWR) plants. The proposed changes revise the 
ISTS to permit, for some systems, entry into a hot shutdown (Mode 4) 
end state rather than a cold shutdown (Mode 5) end state. These changes 
are associated with the implementation of Topical Report WCAP-16294-NP-
A, Revision 1, ``Risk-Informed Evaluation of Changes to Tech Spec 
Required Action Endstates for Westinghouse NSSS PWRs,'' dated June 2010 
(ADAMS Package Accession Number ML103430264). TS Bases changes that 
reflect the proposed changes are included.
    This notice provides an opportunity for the public to comment on 
proposed changes to the ISTS after a preliminary assessment and finding 
by the NRC staff that the agency will likely offer the changes for 
adoption by licensees. This notice solicits comment on proposed changes 
to the ISTS, which if implemented by a licensee will modify the plant-
specific TS. The NRC staff will evaluate any comments received for the 
proposed changes and reconsider the changes or announce the 
availability of the changes for adoption by licensees as part of the 
CLIIP. Licensees opting to apply for this TS change are responsible for 
reviewing the NRC staff's SE., and the applicable technical 
justifications, providing any necessary plant-specific

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information, and assessing the completeness and accuracy of their 
license amendment request (LAR). The NRC will process each amendment 
application responding to the notice of availability according to 
applicable NRC rules and procedures.
    The proposed changes do not prevent licensees from requesting an 
alternate approach or proposing changes other than those proposed in 
TSTF-432, Revision 1. However, significant deviations from the approach 
recommended in this notice or the inclusion of additional changes to 
the license require additional NRC staff review. This may increase the 
time and resources needed for the review or result in NRC staff 
rejection of the LAR. Licensees desiring significant deviations or 
additional changes should instead submit an LAR that does not claim to 
adopt TSTF-432, Revision 1.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of January 2012.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John R. Jolicoeur,
Chief, Licensing Processes Branch, Division of Policy and Rulemaking, 
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
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