[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 33 (Friday, February 17, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 9591-9592]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3682]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

10 CFR Part 72

RIN 3150-AJ05
[NRC-2011-0221]


List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks: HI-STORM 100, Revision 
8

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is proposing to amend its spent fuel storage cask regulations by 
revising the Holtec International HI-STORM 100 dry cask storage system 
listing within the ``List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks'' to 
include Amendment No. 8 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1014. 
Amendment No. 8 adds a new multipurpose canister (MPC)--68M to the 
approved models currently included in CoC No. 1014 with two new boiling 
water reactor fuel assembly/array classes, and a new pressurized water 
reactor fuel assembly/class to CoC No. 1014 for loading into the MPC-
32. In addition, the amendment makes several other changes as described 
under the ``Background'' heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section of this document.

DATES: Submit comments by March 19, 2012. Comments received after this 
date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC staff 
is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before 
this date.

ADDRESSES: Please include Docket ID NRC-2011-0221 in the subject line 
of your comments. For instructions on submitting comments and 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-
2011-0221. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher, 
telephone: 301-492-3668, email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     Mail comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and 
Adjudications Staff.
     Email comments to: Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov. If you do 
not receive a reply email confirming that we have received your 
comments, contact us directly at 301-415-1677.
     Hand-deliver comments to: 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 
Maryland 20852, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. EST Federal workdays 
(telephone: 301-415-1677).
     Fax comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission at 301-415-1101.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Trussell, Office of Federal 
and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, telephone: 301-415-
6445, email: Gregory.Trussell@nrc.gov.

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, Room O-1F21, 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 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 proposed rule can be found at 
http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID NRC-2011-0221. For 
additional information, see the direct final rule published in the 
Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register.

Procedural Background

    This rule is limited to the changes contained in Amendment No. 8 to 
CoC No. 1014 and does not include other aspects of the HI-STORM 100 dry 
storage cask system. Because the NRC considers this action 
noncontroversial and routine, the NRC is publishing this proposed rule 
concurrently as a direct final rule in the Rules and Regulations 
section of this issue of the Federal Register. Adequate protection of 
public health and safety continues to be ensured. The direct final rule 
will become effective on May 2, 2012. However, if the NRC receives 
significant adverse comments on the direct final rule by March 19, 
2012, then the NRC will publish a document that withdraws the direct 
final rule. If the direct final rule is withdrawn, the NRC will address 
the comments received in response to

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the proposed revisions in a subsequent final rule. Absent significant 
modifications to the proposed revisions requiring republication, the 
NRC will not initiate a second comment period on this action in the 
event the direct final rule is withdrawn.
    A significant adverse comment is a comment where the commenter 
explains why the rule would be inappropriate, including challenges to 
the rule's underlying premise or approach, or would be ineffective or 
unacceptable without a change. A comment is adverse and significant if:
    (1) The comment opposes the rule and provides a reason sufficient 
to require a substantive response in a notice-and-comment process. For 
example, a substantive response is required when:
    (a) The comment causes the NRC staff to reevaluate (or reconsider) 
its position or conduct additional analysis;
    (b) The comment raises an issue serious enough to warrant a 
substantive response to clarify or complete the record; or
    (c) The comment raises a relevant issue that was not previously 
addressed or considered by the NRC staff.
    (2) The comment proposes a change or an addition to the rule, and 
it is apparent that the rule would be ineffective or unacceptable 
without incorporation of the change or addition.
    (3) The comment causes the NRC staff to make a change (other than 
editorial) to the rule, CoC, or Technical Specifications (TSs).
    For additional procedural information and the regulatory analysis, 
see the direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations 
section of this Federal Register.

Background

    On November 28, 2009, and as supplemented on November 4 and 
December 14, 2010, and February 25 and July 8, 2011, Holtec 
International, the holder of CoC No. 1014, submitted a certificate 
amendment request to the NRC requesting an amendment to CoC No. 1014. 
Specifically, Holtec International requested changes to add a new 
multipurpose canister (MPC)-68M to the approved models currently 
included in CoC No. 1014 with two new boiling water reactor fuel 
assembly/array classes, and a new pressurized water reactor fuel 
assembly/class to CoC No. 1014 for loading into the MPC-32. In 
addition, the amendment would change (1) Condition 5 of CoC No. 1014 to 
add ``if applicable'' after the reference to Section 3.5 of Appendix B, 
``Cask Transfer Facility (CTF)'' to clarify that the CTF is an optional 
facility; (2) Appendix A, TS 1.1, to modify the CTF definition to 
clarify that it could be used in lieu of Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR) part 50 controlled structures for cask 
transfer evolutions; and (3) Table 3-1, MPC Cavity Drying Limits, to 
include the previously approved, but omitted table to eliminate 
inconsistencies between Table 3-1 and TS 3.1.1, Limiting Condition for 
Operation.

List of Subjects in 10 CFR Part 72

    Administrative practice and procedure, Criminal penalties, Manpower 
training programs, Nuclear materials, Occupational safety and health, 
Penalties, Radiation protection, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Security measures, Spent fuel, Whistleblowing.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble and under the authority of 
the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended; the Energy Reorganization 
Act of 1974, as amended; the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, as 
amended, and 5 U.S.C. 553; the NRC is proposing to adopt the following 
amendments to 10 CFR part 72.

PART 72--LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INDEPENDENT STORAGE OF 
SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE, AND REACTOR-
RELATED GREATER THAN CLASS C WASTE

    1. The authority citation for part 72 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Secs. 51, 53, 57, 62, 63, 65, 69, 81, 161, 182, 183, 
184, 186, 187, 189, 68 Stat. 929, 930, 932, 933, 934, 935, 948, 953, 
954, 955, as amended, sec. 234, 83 Stat. 444, as amended (42 U.S.C. 
2071, 2073, 2077, 2092, 2093, 2095, 2099, 2111, 2201, 2232, 2233, 
2234, 2236, 2237, 2238, 2282); sec. 274, Pub. L. 86-373, 73 Stat. 
688, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2021); sec. 201, as amended, 202, 206, 88 
Stat. 1242, as amended, 1244, 1246 (42 U.S.C. 5841, 5842, 5846); 
Pub. L. 95-601, sec. 10, 92 Stat. 2951 as amended by Pub. L. 102-
486, sec. 7902, 106 Stat. 3123 (42 U.S.C. 5851); sec. 102, Pub. L. 
91-190, 83 Stat. 853 (42 U.S.C. 4332); secs. 131, 132, 133, 135, 
137, 141, Pub. L. 97-425, 96 Stat. 2229, 2230, 2232, 2241, sec. 148, 
Pub. L. 100-203, 101 Stat. 1330-235 (42 U.S.C. 10151, 10152, 10153, 
10155, 10157, 10161, 10168); sec. 1704, 112 Stat. 2750 (44 U.S.C. 
3504 note); Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109-58, 119 Stat. 549 
(2005).

    Section 72.44(g) also issued under secs. 142(b) and 148(c), (d), 
Pub. L. 100-203, 101 Stat. 1330-232, 1330-236 (42 U.S.C. 10162(b), 
10168(c), (d)). Section 72.46 also issued under sec. 189, 68 Stat. 
955 (42 U.S.C. 2239); sec. 134, Pub. L. 97-425, 96 Stat. 2230 (42 
U.S.C. 10154). Section 72.96(d) also issued under sec. 145(g), Pub. 
L. 100-203, 101 Stat. 1330-235 (42 U.S.C. 10165(g)). Subpart J also 
issued under secs. 2(2), 2(15), 2(19), 117(a), 141(h), Pub. L. 97-
425, 96 Stat. 2202, 2203, 2204, 2222, 2244 (42 U.S.C. 10101, 
10137(a), 10161(h)). Subparts K and L are also issued under sec. 
133, 98 Stat. 2230 (42 U.S.C. 10153) and sec. 218(a), 96 Stat. 2252 
(42 U.S.C. 10198).

    2. In Sec.  72.214, Certificate of Compliance 1014 is revised to 
read as follows:


Sec.  72.214  List of approved spent fuel storage casks.

* * * * *
Certificate No.: 1014.
Initial Certificate Effective Date: May 31, 2000.
Amendment Number 1 Effective Date: July 15, 2002.
Amendment Number 2 Effective Date: June 7, 2005.
Amendment Number 3 Effective Date: May 29, 2007.
Amendment Number 4 Effective Date: January 8, 2008.
Amendment Number 5 Effective Date: July 14, 2008.
Amendment Number 6 Effective Date: August 17, 2009.
Amendment Number 7 Effective Date: December 28, 2009.
Amendment Number 8 Effective Date: May 2, 2012.
SAR Submitted by: Holtec International.
SAR Title: Final Safety Analysis Report for the HI-STORM 100 Cask 
System.
Docket Number: 72-1014.
Certificate Expiration Date: May 31, 2020.
Model Number: HI-STORM 100.
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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 25th day of January 2012.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
R.W. Borchardt,
Executive Director for Operations.
[FR Doc. 2012-3682 Filed 2-16-12; 8:45 am]
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