[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 91 (Thursday, May 10, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27490-27491]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11299]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2012-0104]


Plant-Specific Adoption, Revision 4 of the Improved Standard 
Technical Specifications

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is announcing the availability of Revision 4.0 of the Improved Standard 
Technical Specifications, NUREG-1430, ``Standard Technical 
Specifications, Babcock and Wilcox Plants,'' NUREG-1431, ``Standard 
Technical Specifications, Westinghouse Plants,'' NUREG-1432, ``Standard 
Technical Specifications, Combustion Engineering Plants,'' NUREG-1433, 
``Standard Technical Specifications, General Electric Plants, BWR/4,'' 
and NUREG-1434, ``Standard Technical Specifications, General Electric 
Plants, BWR/6.''

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0104 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access information related to this document, which the NRC 
possesses and is publicly available, using the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0104. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301 492-
3668; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. NUREG-1430, ``Standard 
Technical Specifications, Babcock and Wilcox Plants'' Revision 4, is 
available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML12100A177 (Technical 
Specifications) and ML12100A178 (Bases), NUREG-1431, ``Standard 
Technical Specifications, Westinghouse Plants'' Revision 4, ADAMS 
Accession No. ML12100A222 (Technical Specifications) and ML12100A228 
(Bases); NUREG-1432, ``Standard Technical Specifications, Combustion 
Engineering Plants'' Revision 4, ADAMS Accession No. ML12102A165 
(Technical Specifications) and ML12102A165 (Bases), NUREG-1433, 
``Standard Technical Specifications, General Electric Plants, BWR/4'' 
Revision 4, ADAMS Accession No. ML12104A192 (Technical Specifications) 
and ML12104A193 (Bases), and NUREG-1434, ``Standard Technical 
Specifications, General Electric Plants, BWR/6'' Revision 4, ADAMS 
Accession No. ML12104A195 (Technical Specifications) and ML12104A196 
(Bases).
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Shaun M. Anderson, Reactor Systems 
Engineer, Technical Specifications Branch, Mail Stop: O-7 C2A, Division 
of Safety Systems, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, 20555-0001; telephone 301-415-
2039 or email at Shaun.Anderson@nrc.gov or Mr. Gerald Waig, Technical 
Specifications Branch, Mail Stop: O-7 C2A, Division of Safety Systems, 
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone 301-415-2260 or email; 
Gerald.Waig@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The changes reflected in Revision 4 result 
from the experience gained from plant operation using the improved 
standard technical specifications (STS) and extensive public technical 
meetings and discussions among the NRC staff and various nuclear power 
plant licensees and the Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS) Owners 
Groups.
    The improved STS were developed based on the criteria in the Final 
Commission Policy Statement on Technical Specifications Improvements 
for Nuclear Power Reactors, dated July 22, 1993 (58 FR 39132), which 
was subsequently codified by changes to Title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR) 50.36, published on July 19, 1995 (60 FR 36953). 
Licensees are encouraged to upgrade their technical specifications 
consistent with those criteria and conforming, to the practical extent, 
to Revision 4 to the improved STS. The Commission continues to place 
the highest priority on requests for complete conversions to the 
improved STS. Licensees adopting portions of the improved STS to 
existing technical specifications should adopt all related 
requirements, as applicable, to achieve a high degree of 
standardization and consistency.
    Licensees opting to apply for an improved STS conversion are 
responsible for reviewing the NRC staff STS and the applicable 
technical bases, providing any necessary plant-specific 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 
the Improved STS, Revision 4. However, significant deviations from the 
approach recommended in this notice or the inclusion of additional 
changes to the license will 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

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submit an LAR that does not claim to adopt an Improved STS, Revision 4.

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                                             Volume 1
                  NUREG                      technical    Volume 2 bases
                                          specifications
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NUREG-1430, ``Standard Technical             ML12100A177     ML12100A178
 Specifications, Babcock and Wilcox
 Plants''...............................
NUREG-1431, ``Standard Technical             ML12100A222     ML12100A228
 Specifications, Westinghouse Plants''..
NUREG-1432, ``Standard Technical             ML12102A165     ML12102A169
 Specifications, Combustion Engineering
 Plants''...............................
NUREG-1433, ``Standard Technical             ML12104A192     ML12104A193
 Specifications, General Electric BWR/4
 Plants''...............................
NUREG-1434, ``Standard Technical             ML12104A195     ML12104A196
 Specifications, General Electric BWR/6
 Plants''...............................
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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of April 2012.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Robert Elliott,
Chief, Technical Specifications Branch, Division of Safety Systems, 
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2012-11299 Filed 5-9-12; 8:45 am]
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