[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 117 (Friday, June 18, 2004)]
[Page 34197]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-13752]

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[Docket No. 50-271; License No. DPR-28]

Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power 
Station; Receipt of Request for Action Under 10 CFR 2.206

    Notice is hereby given that by petition received on April 22, 2004, 
the New England Coalition (petitioner) has requested that the Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) take action with regard 
to Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (Vermont Yankee). The 
petitioner requests that until such time as Entergy Nuclear Operations, 
Inc. (Entergy or the licensee) has rendered an accurate and NRC-
verified account of the location, disposition, and condition of all 
irradiated fuel, including fuel currently loaded in the reactor core, 
that the NRC order a halt to all fuel movement at Vermont Yankee.
    As the basis for this request, the petitioner states that because 
Entergy has lost control of the spent fuel inventory at Vermont Yankee, 
the petitioner has no confidence that Entergy did not put leaking fuel 
or suspected leaking fuel assemblies back into the reactor core during 
this refueling outage.
    The request is being treated pursuant to title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 2.206 of the Commission's regulations. The 
request has been referred to the Director of the Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation. As provided by 10 CFR 2.206, appropriate action 
will be taken on this petition within a reasonable time. Mr. Raymond 
Shadis, in his capacity as the petitioner's Staff Technical Advisor, 
participated in a conference call with the NRC Petition Review Board 
(PRB) on May 5, 2004, to discuss the petition. The results of that 
discussion were considered in the PRB's determination regarding the 
petitioner's request for immediate action, and in establishing the 
schedule for the review of the petition. The PRB stated that the 
petitioner's request to stop all fuel movement at Vermont Yankee is now 
moot as all fuel movement had been completed by time of receipt of the 
petitioner's request. During the conference call, the petitioner 
reaffirmed to the PRB the petition's request to stop all fuel movement 
but stated their understanding that at the present time the request 
would be limited to the spent fuel pool. The petitioner stated they 
wanted an order issued to the licensee to do a verification of the 
inventory of all the special nuclear material in the spent fuel pool 
that is to be verified by the NRC. A copy of the petition is available 
for inspection at the Commission's Public Document Room (PDR), located 
at One White Flint North, Public File Area O1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike 
(first floor), Rockville, Maryland. In addition to other publicly 
available records, this petition will be accessible from the Agencywide 
Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic 
Reading Room on the Internet at the NRC Web site, using accession 
number ML041180245, at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. 
Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in 
accessing the documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR 
reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209 or 301-415-4737, or by 
e-mail to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 28th day of May, 2004.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ledyard B. Marsh,
Director, Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 04-13752 Filed 6-17-04; 8:45 am]