[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 38 (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)]
[Pages 13100-13101]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04397]



[Project No. 753; NRC-2012-0280]

Models for Plant-Specific Adoption of Technical Specifications 
Task Force Traveler TSTF-535, Revision 0, ``Revise Shutdown Margin 
Definition To Address Advanced Fuel Designs,'' Using the Consolidated 
Line Item Improvement Process

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is announcing the 
availability of Technical Specifications (TSs) Task Force (TSTF) 
Traveler TSTF-535, Revision 0, ``Revise Shutdown Margin Definition to 
Address Advanced Fuel Designs,'' for plant-specific adoption using the 
Consolidated Line Item Improvement Process (CLIIP). Additionally, the 
NRC staff finds the proposed TS (Volume 1) and TS Bases (Volume 2) 
changes in Traveler TSTF-535 acceptable for inclusion in the following 
Standard Technical Specifications (STS): NUREG-1433, ``Standard 
Technical Specifications General Electric Plants BWR/4,'' and NUREG-
1434, ``Standard Technical Specifications General Electric Plants, BWR/

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0280 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 are publicly available, using any of the following 
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0280. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: [email protected].
     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 [email protected]. 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. TSTF-535, Revision 0, includes a model application and is 
available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML112200436. The model safety 
evaluation (SE) of TSTF-535, Revision 0, is available under ADAMS 
Accession No. ML12355A772. No public comments were received from the 
Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment announced in the Federal 
Register on November 19, 2012; 77 FR 69507.
     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: Ms. Michelle C. Honcharik, Senior 
Project Manager, telephone: 301-415-1774 or email at 
[email protected]; or Mr. Ravinder Grover, Reactor Systems 
Engineer, telephone: 301-415-2166 or email at [email protected]. 
Both of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, 20555-0001.

Congressional Review Act

    In accordance with the Congressional Review Act of 1996, the NRC 
has determined that this action is not a major rule and has verified 
this determination with the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TSTF-535, Revision 0, is applicable to all 
boiling water reactor (BWR) power plants. The change revises the STS, 
NUREG-1433, ``Standard Technical Specifications General Electric Plants 
BWR/4,'' and NUREG-1434, ``Standard Technical Specifications General 
Electric Plants, BWR/6.'' Specifically, the change revises the STS 
definition of shutdown margin (SDM) to require calculation of SDM at 
the reactor moderator temperature corresponding to the most reactive 
state throughout the operating cycle (68[emsp14][deg]F or higher). The 
purpose is to address newer BWR fuel designs, which may be more 
reactive at shutdown temperatures above 68[emsp14][deg]F. This STS 
improvement is part of the CLIIP.
    The NRC staff has reviewed the model application for TSTF-535 and 
has found

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it acceptable for use by licensees. Licensees opting to apply for this 
TS change are responsible for reviewing the NRC's staff SE and the 
applicable technical bases, providing any necessary plant-specific 
information, and assessing the completeness and accuracy of their 
license amendment request (LAR). The NRC will process each amendment 
application responding to the Notice of Availability according to 
applicable NRC rules and procedures.
    The change does not prevent licensees from requesting an alternate 
approach or proposing changes other than those proposed in TSTF-535, 
Revision 0. However, significant deviations from the approach 
recommended in this notice or the inclusion of additional changes to 
the license will require additional NRC staff review. This may increase 
the time and resources needed for the review or result in NRC staff 
rejection of the LAR. Licensees desiring significant deviations or 
additional changes should instead submit an LAR that does not claim to 
adopt TSTF-535, Revision 0.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of February 2013.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Anthony J. Mendiola,
Chief, Licensing Processes Branch, Division of Policy and Rulemaking, 
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2013-04397 Filed 2-25-13; 8:45 am]