[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 68 (Wednesday, April 9, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 19663-19664]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-07929]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2014-0070]


Regulatory Guide 3.29, Preheat and Interpass Temperature Control 
for the Welding of Low-Alloy Steel for Use in Fuel Reprocessing Plants 
and in Plutonium Processing and Fuel Fabrication Plants

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Regulatory guide; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is withdrawing 
Regulatory Guide (RG) 3.29, ``Preheat and Interpass Temperature Control 
for the Welding of Low-Alloy Steel for Use in Fuel Reprocessing Plants 
and in Plutonium Processing and Fuel Fabrication Plants.'' This guide 
is being withdrawn because the guidance can be found in RG 1.50, Rev. 
1, ``Control of Preheat Temperature for Welding of Low-Alloy Steel.''

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2014-0070 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access publicly-available information related to this action by the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2014-0070. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 document 
(if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time 
that a document is referenced. The bases document for the withdrawal of 
RG 3.29 is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML13274A528.
     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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jose Cuadrado, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, telephone: 301-287-9127, email: 
Jose.Cuadrado@nrc.gov; or Jazel Parks, Office of Nuclear Regulatory 
Research, telephone: 301-251-7690, email: Jazel.Parks@nrc.gov, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: 

I. Introduction

    The NRC is withdrawing Regulatory Guide (RG) 3.29, ``Preheat and 
Interpass Temperature Control for the Welding of Low-Alloy Steel for 
Use in Fuel Reprocessing Plants and in Plutonium Processing and Fuel 
Fabrication Plants,'' which was published in May 1975 (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML003739381). RG 3.29 provides guidance on methods acceptable to 
the NRC for meeting quality assurance (QA) requirements with regard to 
controlling the welding of low-alloy steel components for fuel 
reprocessing plants and for plutonium processing and fuel fabrication 
facilities.

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RG 3.29 is being withdrawn because the guidance it provides is 
duplicated in RG 1.50, Rev. 1, ``Control of Preheat Temperature for 
Welding of Low-Alloy Steel,'' which was updated in March 2011 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML101870612), and is up-to-date. In addition to endorsing 
portions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and 
Pressure Vessel Code (Sections III, VIII, and IX), RG 3.29 provides 
additional guidance.

II. Further Information

    The withdrawal of RG 3.29 does not alter any prior or existing 
licensing commitments based on its use. Regulatory guides may be 
withdrawn when their guidance no longer provides useful information, or 
is superseded by technological innovations, Congressional actions, or 
other events.
    Regulatory guides are revised for a variety of reasons and the 
withdrawal of a regulatory guide should be thought of as the final 
revision of the guide. Although a regulatory guide is withdrawn, 
current licensees may continue to use it, and withdrawal does not 
affect any existing licenses or agreements. Withdrawal of a guide means 
that the guide should not be used for future NRC licensing activities. 
Changes to existing licenses can be accomplished using other regulatory 
products.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 28th day of March , 2014.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas H. Boyce,
Branch Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division 
of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.
[FR Doc. 2014-07929 Filed 4-8-14; 8:45 am]
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