[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 77 (Friday, April 21, 2006)]
[Pages 20735-20736]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-6001]



Technical Specification Improvement To Revise Diesel Fuel Oil 
Testing Program Using the Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the staff of the Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a model Application related to 
changes to the Diesel Fuel Oil Testing Programs. The changes relocate 
references to specific American Society for Testing and Materials 
(ASTM) standards for fuel oil testing to licensee-controlled documents 
and adds alternate criteria to the ``clear and bright'' acceptance test 
for new fuel oil. The NRC staff has also prepared a model safety 
evaluation (SE) and no significant hazards consideration (NSHC) 
determination relating to this matter. The purpose of these models is 
to permit the NRC to efficiently process amendments that propose to 
adopt the associated changes into plant-specific technical 
specifications (TS). Licensees of nuclear power reactors to which the 
models apply could request amendments confirming the applicability of 
the SE and NSHC determination to their reactors.

DATES: The NRC staff issued a Federal Register Notice (71 FR 9179, 
February 22, 2006) that provided a model SE and a model NSHC 
determination relating to changes to the Diesel Fuel Oil Testing 
Programs. The NRC staff hereby announces that the model SE and NSHC 
determination may be referenced in plant-specific applications to adopt 
the changes. The staff has posted a model application on the NRC Web 
site to assist licensees in using the consolidated line item 
improvement process (CLIIP) to revise TS Diesel Fuel Oil Testing 
Programs. The NRC staff can most efficiently consider applications 
based upon the model application if the application is submitted within 
one year of this Federal Register Notice.

Division of Inspection and Regional Support, Office of Nuclear Reactor 
Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001, telephone 301-415-1189.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulatory Issue Summary 2000-06, 
``Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process for Adopting Standard 
Technical Specification Changes for Power Reactors,'' was issued on 
March 20, 2000. The CLIIP includes an opportunity for the public to 
comment on proposed changes to operating licenses, including the 
technical specifications (TS), after a preliminary assessment by the 
NRC staff and a finding that the change will likely be offered for 
adoption by licensees. The CLIIP directs the NRC staff to evaluate any 
comments received for a proposed generic change to operating licenses 
and to either reconsider the change or to proceed with announcing the 
availability of the change for proposed adoption by licensees. Those 
licensees opting to apply for the subject change to operating licenses 
are responsible for reviewing the NRC staff's evaluation, referencing 
the applicable technical justifications, and providing any necessary 
plant-specific information. Each amendment application made in response 
to the notice of availability will be processed and noticed in 
accordance with applicable rules and NRC procedures. This notice 
involves changes to the Diesel Fuel Oil Testing Programs.
    Applicability: This proposed change to the standard technical 
specifications (STS) was submitted by the Technical Specifications Task 
Force (TSTF) in TSTF-374, ``Revision to TS 5.5.13 and Associated TS 
Bases for Diesel Fuel Oil,'' and is applicable to all nuclear power 
    This proposal to modify technical specification requirements by the 
adoption of TSTF-374 is applicable to all licensees of Combustion 
Engineering, Babcock & Wilcox, Westinghouse Pressurized Water Reactors, 
and General Electric Boiling Water Reactors who have adopted or will 
adopt in conjunction with the change, technical specification 
requirements for a Bases control program consistent with the TS Bases 
Control Program described in Section 5.5 of the STS. Licensees that 
have not adopted requirements for a Bases control program by converting 
to the improved STS or by other means, are requested to include the 
requirements for a Bases control program consistent with the STS in 
their application for the change. The need for a Bases control program 
stems from the need for adequate regulatory control of some key 
elements of the proposal that are contained in the Bases upon adoption 
of TSTF-374. The staff is requesting that the Bases changes be included 
with the proposed license amendments consistent with the Bases in TSTF-
374. To ensure that the overall change, including the Bases, includes 
appropriate regulatory controls, the staff plans to condition the 
issuance of each license amendment on the licensee's incorporation of 
the changes into the Bases document and on requiring the licensee to 
control the changes in accordance with the Bases Control Program.
    To efficiently process the incoming license amendment applications, 
the NRC staff requests that each license applying for the changes 
addressed in TSTF-374 use the CLIIP to submit an application that 
adheres to the following model. Any deviations from the model 
application should be explained in the licensee's submittal.
    The CLIIP does not prevent licensees from requesting an alternate 
approach or proposing changes other than those proposed in TSTF-374. 
Variations from the approach recommended in this notice may, however, 
require additional

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review by the NRC staff and may increase the time and resources needed 
for the review. Significant variations from the approach, or inclusion 
of additional changes to the license, will result in staff rejection of 
the submittal. Instead, licensees desiring significant variations and/
or additional changes should submit a LAR that does not claim to adopt 
    Public Notices: In a Federal Register Notice dated February 22, 
2006 (71 FRN 9179), the NRC staff requested comment on the use of the 
CLIIP to process requests to adopt the TSTF-374 changes. In addition, 
there have been multiple notices published for plant-specific amendment 
requests to adopt changes similar to those described in this notice.
    The NRC staff's model SE and model application may be examined, 
and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public Document Room, located at 
One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, 
Maryland. Publicly available records are accessible electronically from 
the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Public 
Library component on the NRC Web site, (the Electronic Reading Room).
    The NRC staff received no responses following the notice published 
February 22, 2006 (71 FRN 9179), soliciting comments on the model SE 
and NSHC determination related to the TSTF-374 changes. The NRC staff 
finds that the previously published models remain appropriate 
references and has chosen not to republish the model SE and model NSHC 
determination in this notice. As described in the model application 
prepared by the NRC staff, licensees may reference in their plant-
specific applications to adopt the TSTF-374 changes, the model SE, NSHC 
determination, and environmental assessment previously published in the 
Federal Register (71 FRN 9179); February 22, 2006).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of April 2006.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Thomas H. Boyce,
Chief, Technical Specifications Branch, Division of Inspection and 
Regional Support, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
 [FR Doc. E6-6001 Filed 4-20-06; 8:45 am]