[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 46 (Friday, March 8, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15055-15056]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05491]



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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket Nos.: 50-327, 50-328; NRC-2013-0037]


License Renewal Application for Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, Units 1 
and 2, Tennessee Valley Authority

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Request for comments on the notice of intent to prepare an 
environmental impact statement and notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has submitted to the U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) an application for renewal of 
Facility Operating Licenses DPR-77 and DPR-79 for an additional 20 
years of operation at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 (SQN). 
Sequoyah Nuclear Plant is located in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. The 
current operating license for Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, Unit 1 expires on 
September 17, 2020, and Unit 2 expires on September 15, 2021.

DATES: The scoping meetings will be held on April 3, 2013. The first 
session will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the second session will 
be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Submit comments by May 3, 2013. Comments 
received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do 
so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given to comments received 
after this date.

ADDRESSES: You may access information and comment submissions related 
to this document, which the NRC possesses and is publically available, 
by searching on http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID NRC-2013-
0037. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0037. 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.
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Accessing Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emmanuel Sayoc, Environmental Project 
Manager, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-4084, email: 
emmanuel.sayoc@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments

A. Accessing Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0037 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this document. You may 
access information related to this document by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0037.
     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. 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, MD 20852.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2013-0037 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make 
your comment submission available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your 
comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Discussion

    The application for renewal, dated January 15, 2013, was submitted 
pursuant to part 54 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 
CFR), which included an environmental report (ER). A separate notice of 
receipt and availability of the application was published in the 
Federal Register on February 22, 2013 (78 FRN 12365). A notice of 
acceptance for docketing of the application and opportunity for hearing 
regarding renewal of the facility operating license is also being 
published in the Federal Register. The purpose of this notice is to 
inform the public that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 
will be preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) related to 
the review of the license renewal application and to provide the public 
an opportunity to participate in the environmental scoping process, as 
defined in 10 CFR 51.29.
    As outlined in 36 CFR 800.8, ``Coordination with the National 
Environmental Policy Act,'' the NRC plans to coordinate compliance with 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in meeting 
the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(NEPA). Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.8(c), the NRC intends to use its process 
and documentation for the preparation of the EIS on the proposed action 
to comply with Section 106 of the NHPA in lieu of the procedures set 
forth at 36 CFR 800.3 through 800.6.
    In accordance with 10 CFR 51.53(c) and 10 CFR 54.23, TVA submitted 
the ER as part of the application. The ER was prepared pursuant to 10 
CFR Part 51 and is publicly available in ADAMS under Accession No. 
ML130240007. The ER may also be viewed on the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications.html. In 
addition, paper copies of the ER are available to the public near the 
site at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Library, Northgate Branch, 520 
Northgate Mall, Chattanooga, TN 37415.
    This document advises the public that the NRC intends to gather the 
information necessary to prepare a plant-specific supplement to the 
NRC's ``Generic Environmental Impact

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Statement (GEIS) for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants,'' (NUREG-1437) 
related to the review of the application for renewal of the Sequoyah 
Nuclear Plant operating licenses for an additional 20 years.
    Possible alternatives to the proposed action (license renewal) 
include no action and reasonable alternative energy sources. The NRC is 
required by 10 CFR 51.95 to prepare a supplement to the GEIS in 
connection with the renewal of an operating license. This notice is 
being published in accordance with NEPA and the NRC's regulations found 
at 10 CFR part 51.
    The NRC will first conduct a scoping process for the supplement to 
the GEIS and, as soon as practicable thereafter, will prepare a draft 
supplement to the GEIS for public comment. Participation in the scoping 
process by members of the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal 
government agencies is encouraged. The scoping process for the 
supplement to the GEIS will be used to accomplish the following:
    a. Define the proposed action, which is to be the subject of the 
supplement to the GEIS;
    b. Determine the scope of the supplement to the GEIS and identify 
the significant issues to be analyzed in depth;
    c. Identify and eliminate from detailed study those issues that are 
peripheral or that are not significant;
    d. Identify any environmental assessments and other ElSs that are 
being or will be prepared that are related to, but are not part of, the 
scope of the supplement to the GEIS being considered;
    e. Identify other environmental review and consultation 
requirements related to the proposed action;
    f. Indicate the relationship between the timing of the preparation 
of the environmental analyses and the Commission's tentative planning 
and decision-making schedule;
    g. Identify any cooperating agencies and, as appropriate, allocate 
assignments for preparation and schedules for completing the supplement 
to the GEIS to the NRC and any cooperating agencies; and
    h. Describe how the supplement to the GEIS will be prepared and 
include any contractor assistance to be used.

The NRC invites the following entities to participate in scoping:
    a. The applicant, TVA;
    b. Any Federal agency that has jurisdiction by law or special 
expertise with respect to any environmental impact involved or that is 
authorized to develop and enforce relevant environmental standards;
    c. Affected State and local government agencies, including those 
authorized to develop and enforce relevant environmental standards;
    d. Any affected Indian tribe;
    e. Any person who requests or has requested an opportunity to 
participate in the scoping process; and
    f. Any person who has petitioned or intends to petition for leave 
to intervene.

III. Public Scoping Meeting

    In accordance with 10 CFR 51.26, the scoping process for an EIS may 
include a public scoping meeting to help identify significant issues 
related to a proposed activity and to determine the scope of issues to 
be addressed in an EIS. The NRC has decided to hold public meetings for 
the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant license renewal supplement to the GEIS. The 
scoping meetings will be held on April 3, 2013, and there will be two 
sessions to accommodate interested parties. The first session will 
convene at 2:00 p.m. and will continue until 4:00 p.m., as necessary. 
The second session will convene at 6:00 p.m. with a repeat of the 
overview portions of the meeting and will continue until 8:00 p.m., as 
necessary. Both sessions will be held at the Soddy Daisy City Hall, 
9835 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy, TN 37379.
    Both meetings will be transcribed and will include: (1) An overview 
by the NRC staff of the NEPA environmental review process, the proposed 
scope of the supplement to the GEIS, and the proposed review schedule; 
and (2) the opportunity for interested government agencies, 
organizations, and individuals to submit comments or suggestions on the 
environmental issues or the proposed scope of the supplement to the 
GEIS. Additionally, the NRC staff will host informal discussions one 
hour prior to the start of each session at the same location. No formal 
comments on the proposed scope of the supplement to the GEIS will be 
accepted during the informal discussions. To be considered, comments 
must be provided either at the transcribed public meetings or in 
writing, as discussed above.
    Persons may register to attend or present oral comments at the 
meetings on the scope of the NEPA review by contacting the NRC Project 
Manager, Mr. Emmanuel Sayoc, by telephone at 1-800-368-5642, extension 
4084, or by email at emmanuel.sayoc@nrc.gov no later than March 29, 
2013. Members of the public may also register to speak at the meeting 
within 15 minutes of the start of each session. Individual oral 
comments may be limited by the time available, depending on the number 
of persons who register. Members of the public who have not registered 
may also have an opportunity to speak if time permits. Public comments 
will be considered in the scoping process for the supplement to the 
GEIS. Mr. Sayoc will need to be contacted no later than March 25, 2013, 
if special equipment or accommodations are needed to attend or present 
information at the public meeting so that the NRC staff can determine 
whether the request can be accommodated.
    Participation in the scoping process for the supplement to the GEIS 
does not entitle participants to become parties to the proceeding to 
which the supplement to the GEIS relates. Matters related to 
participation in any hearing are outside the scope of matters to be 
discussed at this public meeting.
    At the conclusion of the scoping process, the NRC will prepare a 
concise summary of the determination and conclusions reached, including 
the significant issues identified, and will send a copy of the summary 
to each participant in the scoping process. The summary will also be 
available for inspection in ADAMS. The staff will then prepare and 
issue for comment the draft supplement to the GEIS, which will be the 
subject of a separate notice and separate public meetings. Copies will 
be available for public inspection at the above-mentioned addresses. 
After receipt and consideration of the comments, the NRC will prepare a 
final supplement to the GEIS, which will also be available for public 
inspection.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of March 2013.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
David J. Wrona,
Chief, Projects Branch 2, Division of License Renewal, Office of 
Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2013-05491 Filed 3-7-13; 8:45 am]
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