[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 100 (Wednesday, May 23, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 30560]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-12478]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2011-0204]


Proposed Generic Communication; Generic Letter on Seismic Risk 
Evaluations for Operating Reactors

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Generic letter; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing 
draft Generic Letter 2011-XX, ``Seismic Risk Evaluations for Operating 
Reactors'' published on September 1, 2011 (76 FR 54507). The draft 
Generic Letter, ``Seismic Risk Evaluations for Operating Reactors,'' 
regarding Generic Issue (GI)-199 is subsumed and entirely captured 
within the request for information letters addressing the Fukushima 
Near-Term Task Force Recommendations 2.1 and 2.3. The request for 
information letters were issued on March 12, 2012, and are available 
electronically in a package under Agencywide Documents Access and 
Management System (ADAMS) Accession Number ML12056A046. In addition, on 
March 13, 2012, the NRC issued a correction to the request for 
information letters, which is available electronically under ADAMS 
Accession Number ML12073A366.

DATES: This generic letter is withdrawn May 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2011-0204 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-2011-0204. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     NRC's 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. The ADAMS 
accession number for each document referenced in this notice (if that 
document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a 
document is referenced.
     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: Andrea Russell, Division of Policy and 
Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-
8553, email: Andrea.Russell@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 1, 2011 (76 FR 54507), the NRC 
published for public comment Draft Generic Letter 2011-XX, ``Seismic 
Risk Evaluations for Operating Reactors,'' to inform addressees \1\ 
that the NRC requests addressees to evaluate their facilities to 
determine the current level of seismic risk and to submit the requested 
information to facilitate the NRC's determination if there is a need 
for additional regulatory action. The public comment period was 
scheduled to expire on October, 31, 2011; however, on September 16, 
2011 (76 FR 57767), the NRC issued a correction and extended the public 
comment period to November 15, 2011. On November 8, 2011 (76 FR 69294), 
the NRC extended the comment period to December 15, 2011. On March 8, 
2012, the NRC issued a memorandum from the Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation to the Office of New Reactors that (1) dispositioned the 
public comments received on the draft generic letter; and (2) stated 
that the GI-199 generic letter (i.e., the generic letter on seismic 
risk evaluations for operating reactors) is subsumed and entirely 
captured within the proposed Title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR) 50.54(f) letter addressing the Fukushima Near-Term 
Task Force Recommendations 2.1 and 2.3. The memorandum is available 
electronically under ADAMS Accession Number ML12032A001.
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    \1\ All holders of an operating license or construction permit 
for a nuclear power reactor issued under 10 CFR Part 50, ``Domestic 
Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities,'' except those 
who have permanently ceased operation and have certified that fuel 
has been removed from the reactor vessel.
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    The NRC has now issued the 10 CFR 50.54(f) letter addressing the 
Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations 2.1 and 2.3 (ADAMS 
Accession Number ML12056A046), as corrected by ADAMS Accession Number 
ML12073A366. With the issuance of this letter, the Draft Generic Letter 
2011-XX need not be finalized and issued. Accordingly, the NRC is 
withdrawing Draft Generic Letter 2011-XX.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of May 2012.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Kimyata Morgan-Butler,
Acting Chief, Generic Communications Branch, Division of Policy and 
Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2012-12478 Filed 5-22-12; 8:45 am]
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